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The Ringer

The Ringer

Director:Barry W. Blaustein
Cast:Johnny Knoxville, Mohammad Ahmed, Geoffrey Arend
Release Date:2005
Genre:Comedy, Sports

By Jason Torres | Posted 12/28/2005

MTV’s favorite Jackass, Johnny Knoxville, drools, falls, and fumbles his way through this 85-minute punch line written by Family Guy scribe Richard Blitt and directed by Barry W. Blaustein (of Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor series). Knoxville’s Steve is forced by his uncle (a gnarly Brian Cox) to pretend to be mentally disabled in order to participate in and rig the Special Olympics so that they can settle some sort of debt. It’s as simple as that except, of course, for the obligatory love story featuring Special Olympics volunteer Lynn (Grey’s Anatomy cutie Katherine Heigl) as the object of Steve’s crush, resulting in a sappy moral message of not judging a book by it’s cover—we’re all “special,” ya dig?—that we learn by watching Knoxville get his ass handed to him by many of the so-called disabled. It’s rude, silly, juvenile, and offensive—but fuck it, sometimes you gotta say to hell with the festival award winners, the critics, political correctness, and even the Charles Theatre and just sit back and laugh at a goofily stupid human cartoon.

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