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Ringer (2005)

Director: Barry W. Blaustein     Starring: Johnny Knoxville
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202308260
UPC: 024543235231
UPC 14: 00024543235231
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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!

"...pretty damn funny.  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...likeable little ditty that will entertain all...  Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Laugh-Out-Loud Hilarious.  The Associated Press

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/5/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2233523
Video UPC UPC: 00024543235231
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Janna Ambort
Video Cast Info Johnny Knoxville
Video Cast Info Luis Avalos
Video Cast Info Mohammad Ahmed
Video Cast Info Arlan Vetter - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Barry Blaustein - Director
Video Cast Info Bradley Thomas - Producer
Video Cast Info George Folsey Jr. - Editor
Video Cast Info Lisa Jensen - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Mark Irwin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mark Mothersbaugh - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ricky Blitt - Writer
Video Cast Info The Farelly Brothers - Executive Producer

Professional Reviews

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

Dallas Observer 7 of 10
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. - Luke Y. Thompson

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
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. - Peter Hartlaub

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Knoxville,Johnny
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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