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Release Date: December 23rd, 2005

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2006

PG-13|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) finds himself in a predicament. His friend Stavi, whom he was forced to fire, loses several fingers in an accident, and he has no way of covering the cost of surgery without health insurance. Meanwhile, his gambling uncle, Gary (Brian Cox), is racking up a huge debt. Needing money quickly to help Stavi and Gary, Barker reluctantly goes along with his uncle's plan to fix the Special Olympics, with Barker posing as an athlete -- but the competition is steep.

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, Zen Gesner, Leonard Flowers, Bill Chott, Damian Fannin, Edward Barbanell

Director: Barry Blaustein

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Conundrum Entertainment

Distributors: Fox

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  • This wannabe daring comedy about a man who attempts to "fix" the Special Olympics strains for that patented naughty and nice balance with squirmingly squishy results. show more

  • The movie's shockingly tasteless setup is also its secret weapon. Despite many scenes in The Ringer that could individually be viewed as politically incorrect, audiences will be laughing with the athletes most of the time. show more

  • The movie surprised me. It treats its disabled characters with affection and respect, it has a plot that uses the Special Olympics instead of misusing them, and it's actually kind of sweet. show more

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