Johnny Knoxville plays a man who tries to fix the Special Olympics by pretending that he's mentally disabled. And somehow by the end of the movie he manages to win the heart of the beautiful woman who discovered that he was pretending. This is "The Ringer."
Let's be straight to the point - it isn't the greatest movie in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but it has its moments and rarely stumbles. Despite the premise, the movie actually is fairly respectful about the mentally disabled - aside from the fact that the main character is acting like a - okay, I'm going to use the politically incorrect term because I'm sick of writing out the long-winded version - retard. At least some of the actors appear to actually be mentally disabled, and everyone seems to be having fun in their respective roles.
That being said, the movie isn't laugh-out-loud funny, nor is it good enough to warrant more than one viewing. But, if you like goofy comedies or Knoxville, then you should at least get a chuckle out of "The Ringer."
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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