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The Ringer Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Knoxville is functional only when the movie needs a bravura comic performance, but The Ringer is easy enough to take.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    This wannabe daring comedy about a man who attempts to "fix" the Special Olympics strains for that patented naughty and nice balance with squirmingly squishy results.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The surprise of The Ringer is that the movie is pretty damn funny.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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Pause for kids 13 & under

Edgy Johnny Knoxville comedy - not for everyone.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie means to be offensive, with jokes about bowel movements, pee, vomit, toilets, the loss of fingers in a lawnmower, and indeed, the basic premise (rigging the Special Olympics). The movie also features repeated adolescent sex humor, including allusions to masturbation, homosexual activity, prostitution, and "cheerleaders."

  • Families can talk about the propriety of joking about intellectually challenged characters: though the special athletes are arguably the most entertaining and well-rounded characters, how does the film use them as background for Steve's story?
  • How does the movie use the romance with Lynn as a sign of Steve's maturation?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Rigging the Special Olympics; mobsters and loan sharking; arrogant Special athlete with limo and attendants; majority of Special athletes are smart, sensitive, loving.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: With a plot hinged on rigging the Special Olympics it is hard to say with a straight face that there are any truly positive roles models here. Jimmy, the real-life Special Olympics champ, is the best this film has to offer. He is a good, solid, honest competitor. It's a shame the film spends most of its time making fun of people like him.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Slapsticky physical comedy; loss of fingers in a lawnmower accident; Steve falls, is hit in the face with a ball, chased by a barking dog, slapped in the face.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Adolescent joking with references to cheerleaders, masturbation, a homosexual act; brief makeout scene in a movie theater, where jokes are made about Dirty Dancing.

  • language false2

    Language: Mild cursing (s-word, "," " of ass," "," "-faker"), as well as derogatory terms for the intellectually challenged ("," "'tards").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Shopping trip to CostCo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief reference to pot; characters drink in a bar; beer bottle and brief beer drinking at restaurant lunch; uncle smokes.