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The Ringer
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Directed By
Barry W. Blaustein

Written By:
Ricky Blitt

Johnny Knoxville, Katherine Heigl, Brian Cox, Zen Gesner, John Taylor, Jed Rees, Terry Funk

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The Ringer (2005)
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Movie Review by AJ
July 13th, 2006

Everyone involved in the making of The Ringer has obviously tried very hard to make sure that the story of a man pretending to be retarded to rig the Special Olympics in order to make some cash to get his friend an operation (but nothing life-or-death, just a few fingers that were cut off) as inoffensive as possible. And in that regard, they've succeeded: This is an incredibly inoffensive film in every meaning of the word. The integrity of the mentally challenged characters is very present and the guy rigging the thing is a nice guy trying out a bad plan. But they've also managed to render the film ineffectual: It's just not very funny. Back when The Ringer came out, there was a very tiny uproar in the media about how the film was a blatant rip-off of the South Park episode where Cartman attempts to rig the Special Olympics. But there's one major difference. The South Park episode was funny because Trey Parker and Matt Stone realize that in order for comedy to work, it has to be willing to push the boundaries a little and maybe get some people angry. Now, I'm glad that The Ringer isn't mean or crude about retarded people, because ignorance and intolerance are things I hate very much. But The Ringer is so bloodless and so sanitized, the main character such a gosh-darned nice guy, that we know there aren't going to be any consequences and there's rarely any humorous conflict. But it's still not a bad movie, it's actually rather amusing and it has a good heart; just don't expect many laugh-out-loud moments.

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Jan 31, 2007 10:23 PM
I thought this film was crap !!! I didnt make it 1 hour before I turned it off !!!

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