Too much uninformed ado was made about The Ringer, in which debt-riddled but mentally unchallenged Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) and his sleazy uncle Gary (Brian Cox) conspire to fix the Special Olympics in order to pay off some debt.



Fact of the matter is, the film was made not only with blessing of the Special Olympics, but with its complete consultation. And the actors who portray Steve‚s fellow athletes do more to combat stereotypes about the mentally challenged than pretty much any other piece of mass-market media produced in recent memory. That‚s the good news.

The bad news is that, in spite of all the blessings and good vibes, The Ringer is implausible, rarely funny and cliched to an almost insulting degree. If anyone has a right to be offended, it‚s the million and one hacks from whom just about every plot point beyond the main premise was lifted.



Extras: Cast/crew commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes and Special Olympics features, message from Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver.