Directed By: Barry W. Blaustein Starring: Johnny Knoxville

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Pressured by a greedy uncle and a pile of debt, steve resorts to an unthinkable, contemptible scheme. He pretends to be mentally callenged to rig the upcoming special olympics and bring home the gold. But when his competitors get wise to the con, they inspire steve to rise to the greatest challege: become a better person!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202308260
UPC 024543235231
UPC 14 00024543235231
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Mistaken Identity
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Peter and Bobby Farrelly have always expressed an especially warm but unsentimental attitude in their films toward those with disabilities, most notably in THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and SHALLOW HAL. THE RINGER, which they produced (but neither wrote nor directed), takes this trait to feverish new heights. JACKASS-cum-leading man stars Johnny Knoxville as office schmo Steve Barker, whose request for more responsibility at his job indirectly results in the severing of four fingers from the hand of Stavi, the mild-mannered office janitor. When Steve requests financial help from his morally-questionable gambling addict Uncle Gary (Brian Cox), Stevie finds himself posing as "Jeffy" an athlete in the Special Olympics whose victory against track champion Jimmy (Leonard Flowers) could spell an end to Uncle Gary's debts and the reattaching of Stavi's fingers. ^Though a basic description of its premise would make most viewers cry foul, THE RINGER skirts the obvious charge of exploitation by making the mentally challenged characters the only ones to realize that Steve is only acting handicapped. Steve's fellow Olympians are cast with a combination of veteran character actors and real-life former Special Olympians (most notably Edward Barbanell, John Taylor, and Leonard Flowers) who, while lending the film authenticity, also spark with comic timing and the true joy of being on camera. Knoxville once again makes an affable hero, and Ricky Blitt's screenplay, while crass by nature, keeps true vulgarity at bay in favor of a good nature that makes simplicity an asset.
Los Angeles Times "[T]hough the movie bears some of the Farrellys' trademark outrageous humor, it has a sweet demeanor and makes a noble statement." 12/23/2005 p.E7
Entertainment Weekly "[A] film that does for the mentally challenged what REVENGE OF THE NERDS did for the pocket-protector set, finding a hidden coolness in their ability to be themselves." -- Grade: B 01/13/2006 p.56
Sight and Sound "[T]here is a sweet and rather sentimental story arc." 05/01/2006 p.66
Barry W. Blaustein
Johnny Knoxville
Cast & Crew
Arlan Vetter - Production Designer
Barry Blaustein - Director
Bradley Thomas - Producer
George Folsey Jr. - Editor
Janna Ambort - Actor
Johnny Knoxville - Actor
Lisa Jensen - Costume Designer
Luis Avalos - Actor
Mark Irwin - Cinematographer
Mark Mothersbaugh - Original Music By
Mohammad Ahmed - Actor
Ricky Blitt - Writer
The Farelly Brothers - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 2233523
UPC 00024543235231
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
ReviewSource Dallas Observer
Review These guys are laugh-out-loud funny, not because they're being belittled, but because they're finally getting a chance to show a sense of humor onscreen.
Reviewer Luke Y. Thompson
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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.
Reviewer Peter Hartlaub
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Knoxville,Johnny
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...pretty damn funny.
Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews ...likeable little ditty that will entertain all...
The Associated Press Laugh-Out-Loud Hilarious.

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