The Ringer Movie Review Summary

Actors: Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl

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Steve Barker is a nice guy stuck in a boring job. When Steve works up the courage to ask his boss for a promotion, his his boss says yes, with one condition: Steve must first fire Stave, the janitor at the company. To soften the blow, Steve offers to employ the janitor himself, which quickly backfires when a lawn care accident lands him in the hospital. Desperate for the cash, Steve calls his uncle Gary. Gary comes up with with a plan for him to compete in the Special Olympics as a "ringer," while trying to beat the six-time Gold Medal Jimmy, who Gary will bet against. Steve goes along with the plan and transforms himself into a made up character named "Jeffy,". But trying to be retarded turns out to be a far greater challenge than Steve ever imagined. He had to convince Special Olympics volunteer Lynn Sheridan, who steve has a crush on, and had to try and win the friendship of the competitors. Steve is doing badly, and having trouble winning events. Steve's co-competitors soon find out about the scam. But instead of turning against him they decide to train Steve, hoping he can beat Jimmy.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Matt

After a lawn mowing accident takes three fingers from one of his friends, Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) must come up with a way to obtain $28,000 to pay for the operation. With basically no other options, Barker is persuaded by his often crude, gambling addicted uncle Gary (Brian Cox) to rig the Special Olympics by pretending to be one of the mentally disabled athletes.

Gary enlists his nephew in the games as "Jeffy Dahmor" and makes a $100,000 bet with a mobster that Jimmy, the six-time reigning Special Olympics champion who has agents and sponsors and is modeled after notoriously cocky athlete Deion Sanders, will not win the next event.

Jeffy has a difficult time communicating with his fellow athletes and finds the event to be a greater challenge than he could ever imagine. Soon after the group of athletes catches onto his scam, but instead of turning him in they help him train because they want to put an end to Jimmy's winning streak because they can't stand his huge ego.

As they help each other train, the group even plays matchmaker for Jeffy with Lynn Sheridan (Katherine Heigl), a Special Olympics volunteer that he is smitten with.

Complications with Lynn arise and Jeffy must keep a clear head if he expects to win the Special Olympics.
The review of this Movie prepared by Adam Tobias

Script Analysis of The Ringer

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000's+ (present) Struggle with    -   special abilities Kind of sports story:    -   olympics Sports story?    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   retarded/disabled people Brain/Body not working?    -   physical disability How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   salesman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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