The Ringer (Uncut) 2005 PG-13 CC

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A lowlife tries to rig the Special Olympics, entering a race by pretending to be mentally disabled, but is upstaged by his street-smart competitors.

Starring:
Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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The Ringer (Uncut)

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Comedy
Director Barry W. Blaustein
Starring Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox
Supporting actors Katherine Heigl, Jed Rees, Bill Chott, Edward Barbanell, Leonard Earl Howze, Geoffrey Arend, John Taylor, Luis Avalos, Leonard Flowers, Zen Gesner, Steve Levy, Alcides Dias, Mike Cerrone, Terry Funk, Janna Ambort, Bo Kane, Mohammad Ahmed, Brad Leland
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This movie is very funny and just great.
Tracy Vannoy
I really liked this movie and i thought it was not in bad taste.
Chan Chan
He... actually looks mentally handicapped.
Yoshi

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Format: DVD
Having seen most of Johnny Knoxville's film oeuvre, I have not been particularly impressed. I've admired some elements of the smaller films (Daltry Calhoun, Grand Theft Parsons) that he's done to extend his acting cred, but have found most of his "blockbuster" work (Dukes, Walking Tall) to be passable, at best, and excruciating, at worst. I'll admit, I was not first in line to see "The Ringer." The concept of Knoxville going undercover as a participant in the Special Olympics seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. In this world of political correctness, even the hint of impropriety threatens to derail questionable projects (much to my chagrin, most of the time), so I just didn't see how it was possible that this story was going to be made. But made it was, and with the full cooperation of the Special Olympics!

With minimal expectations, I actually found "The Ringer" to be very funny and filled with heart. Without a question, I feel this is Johnny Knoxville's best screen performance to date. He's wickedly funny, surprisingly sympathetic, and a credible romantic lead all rolled into one. In a scheme that is entered into with good intentions, Knoxville infiltrates the Special Olympics with the help of his uncle (a hysterically dark turn from Brian Cox). There, he finds it much more challenging than he had anticipated--both physically in the sporting events and mentally as it's difficult to maintain his cover. Of course, it doesn't help matters that he falls for a lovely volunteer (natch) played by "Grey's Anatomy"'s Katherine Heigl.

Of course, much of the humor is physical and much might be considered offensive in certain camps. I, for one, found it refreshing that the other participants of the Olympics were not portrayed as "saints" but as real people.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Conn on May 15, 2006
Format: DVD
I didn't expect to like this movie, since I have not been a Johnny Knoxville fan. I was really surprised by Knoxville's impressive portrayal of a guy doing the (really, really) wrong thing for a mostly good cause. The movie doesn't poke fun of the mentally-challenged or physically challenged. With an interesting mix of actually disabled people and non-disabled actors, the movie makes fun of "normal" people more than those who are different. There are several hilarious one-liners, plenty of sight gags, and some serious heart. There is also enough bad language that I couldn't call this a "family" film, but it would be fine for older children.

I didn't get to watch the extras on the DVD, but I really enjoyed it, including the spoof of modern "star" atheletes. BTW - the other reviewer who kept referring to the star athelete as Lenny, really, really must not have been paying attention, since the character's name is "Jimmy" and his name is *everywhere*, on his entourage's jackets, on his limo .. . you get the idea.

This movie was a lot of fun, much more than I expected, and I recommend renting it at least.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Pushover nice guy/dweeb Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) has to come up with $28,000 to cover the cost of his lawnmower's medical bills. His uncle, who is in serious gambling debt, hits upon the very questionable idea of passing Steve off as retarted, thus qualifying him to compete in the Special Olympics. The disabled athletes, however, pretty quickly figure out that Steve is a poser, but they assist him anyway because of their dislike of arrogant perennial gold medal winner Jimmy Washington (Leonard Flowers). At the same time, Steve tries to win over lovely Special Olympics volunteer Lynn Sheridan (Katherine Heigl), while hilariously undermining her relationship with smarmy fiance David (Zen Gesner).

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this film. I haven't really dug Johnny Knoxville in the past (though I liked him in Walking Tall), and I was uncertain as to how he would play this character. Thoughts of Billy Bob Thornton's Willie from Bad Santa ran rampant in my brain. However, The Ringer turns out to be a funny, sweet-natured film, which laughs with the mentally disabled, rather than at them. Knoxville's Steve Barker is a surprisingly sympathetic character: an inherently decent dude trying to do the right thing, but is trapped into a corner, and ends up doing the wrong thing. While I don't know if I can condone his actions, I do definitely feel for him. Knoxville reveals a vulnerable side that is a mini-revelation. Steve's Special Olympics moniker "Jeffy Dahmer" still cracks me up. Katherine Heigl (television's Roswell) is perfectly winsome and very hot as Lynn. The rest of the film cast is also uniformly very good, and is peppered with actual mentally disabled performers. Edward Barbanell ("Billy") and John Taylor ("Rudy") are both actors with Down Syndrome.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chad Carpenter on January 11, 2006
My Cousin and I went and seen this last night. I loved the movie, some parts better then others. If you want to see a good comedy then this is the one. I know there sort of making fun of special needs people. I've got Cebreal Pasey, I saw nothing wrong with this movie. "When the F*ck Did we get Ice Cream...Did you get Ice Cream!?" lol, favorite line of the movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Estes on October 16, 2006
Format: DVD
"The Ringer" is the kind of movie where, upon a quick glance, most people would assume is made strictly to shock and offend. Considering the infamous Farrelly Brothers ("There's Something About Mary," "Me, Myself & Irene") stand by as producers, one could imagine the many cheap-shots this movie would take. Surprisingly, though, it doesn't. And despite the restrictions the movie gives itself, it's quite funny at times. And despite a somewhat predictable plot, it's actually a bit heartwarming and sentimental.

Apparently, I'm in the minority of people who actually enjoyed this movie. Then again, I tried not to keep my expectations up too high. For starters, this isn't exactly a Farrelly Brothers movie, so don't go in expecting that type of humor. Sure, it shows up at times, but "The Ringer" is more conventional than those movies. Johnny Knoxville (from "Jackass") is perfect as Steve, a reluctant participant in the Special Olympics, coerced by his uncle Gary, played by Brian Cox ("Manhunter," "Red Eye"). Steve is forced into the games in part to pay off his uncle's bookies, but also to be able to afford surgery to replace the three severed fingers of the man he hired to mow his lawn. The plot does get a bit ridiculous at points, and you can see Steve's happy-ending with Lynn (Katherine Heigl of "Bride Of Chucky"), a volunteer at the Olympics, coming miles away. But despite all that, the movie does a good job carrying a message without being condescending or losing it's sense of humor.

If you look at the cover of the DVD or read any reviews and feel the urge to be instantly offended, don't. "The Ringer" is quite well-done, and actually features many mentally-disabled actors in prominent roles. And if that's not enough for you, it's also flat-out funny. It's simply a good comedy with a decent story and an interesting and original angle. Just don't take it too seriously.
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