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The Ringer (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 23 December 2005 (USA)
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A young guy's only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant.

Director:

Barry W. Blaustein

Writer:

Ricky Blitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Knoxville ... Steve Barker
Brian Cox ... Gary Barker
Katherine Heigl ... Lynn Sheridan
Jed Rees ... Glen
Bill Chott ... Thomas
Edward Barbanell ... Billy
Leonard Earl Howze ... Mark
Geoffrey Arend ... Winston
John Taylor ... Rudy
Luis Avalos ... Stavi
Leonard Flowers Leonard Flowers ... Jimmy
Zen Gesner ... David Patrick
Steve Levy Steve Levy ... Steve Levy
Alcides Dias ... Michael (as Al 'Train' Dias)
Mike Cerrone ... Paulie
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Storyline

This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow. Written by bfluehr

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Only a jackass would fix the Special Olympics See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El farsante See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,702,439, 25 December 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,424,335, 26 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Barbanell and Johnny Knoxville became very close friends by the end of filming this movie. Edward can be seen in credits and outtakes of some of the Jackass movies. See more »

Goofs

When Jeffy and Lynn went out to lunch, Jeffy's handkerchief, which is tucked into his shirt, switches from being narrow to wide several times, and eventually disappears completely. See more »

Quotes

Glen: Hey! Guess how many fingers i have.
Steve Barker: Uhh, 10?
Glen: No. I have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs! Ha Ha Ha!
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Features Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

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Mr. Sandman
Written by Pat Ballard
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Predictable
28 April 2006 | by maggot_brainSee all my reviews

Other reviews here have been praising this movie but it's average score of 5.4 is more indicative of its quality, as a very predictable comedy that turns sentimental towards the end.

All the ingredients are here: the far-fetched plot device needed to set up the scenario (which in this case is particularly stupid), the love interest, the evil love interest's boyfriend, the funny and/or weird sidekicks (in this case a group of mentally retarded people) and the sentimental ending.

Frankly, this movie does nothing new and most of the time it's not funny. Most of the laughs my friends got from this movie was one of them laughing inappropriately at the mentally retarded people. However, a lot of the time the laughs were intended and I find this to be a bit worrying. To its credit, despite some tasteless laughs the movie does do a fairly good job of treading a line between being too tame and too offensive, but still doesn't manage to be quite funny enough. Its message was predictable and poorly done. The ending was too felt like a quick-fix solution and feels tacked-on.

Overall, I find this to be a fairly entertaining movie with some good laughs, but they are rather sporadic, and the movie itself in terms of its plot is very predictable and not very memorable. Judging from other reviews, people have found a great message in this movie, but I am not among them unfortunately so I find it difficult to recommend this movie as much more than a by-the-numbers comedy.


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