Latest movie trailers, behind the scenes video features and more
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, Jed Rees, Bill Chott, Geoffrey Arend, Edward Barbanell, Leonard Flowers, Lenoard Earl Howze, John Taylor, Luis Avalos, Zen Gesner, Mohammad Ahmed, Johnny Bartee, Nicole E Bradley, Camille Chen, Kelly Cook, Alcides Dias, Al Train Dias, Lauren Elaine, Damian Fannin, Charles E Gray, Diana Heart, Eric Hernandez, Kimberley R Johnson, Brad Leland, Meredith McCoy, Brandie McMinn, Adam North, Rajiv Patel, Robert C Pemelton, Steven Prince, John Rothman, J D Stahr, Santiago Villalobos, Katherine Willis
Director: Barry W Blaustein
USA & UK: 95 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language and moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 23 December 2005
UK Release Date: 24 March 2006
The latest fearless comedy from producers The Farrelly Brothers (THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, DUMB & DUMBER, SHALLOW HAL) asks the question: can a comedy be outlandishly off-the-wall, irreverently indelicate and yet... inspirational? THE RINGER spikes the uproarious with the uplifting in a story about an ordinary man who discovers what it truly means to be special when he attempts to "fix" Special Olympics.
Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) is a nice guy stuck in a mundane desk job when a twist of fate turns his life - and his definition of success - utterly upside down. When Steve works up the courage to ask his boss for a promotion, his wish is surprisingly granted, with one condition: Steve must first fire Stavi (Luis Avalos), the long-time janitor at the company. To soften the blow, Steve offers to employ the distraught janitor himself, a decision that quickly backfires when a lawn-care accident lands Stavi in the hospital missing several fingers not to mention medical insurance.
Desperate for the cash to save Stavi's digits, Steve enlists the help of his smarmy uncle Gary (Brian Cox), who's worried about his own skyrocketing gambling debts. In typical fashion, Gary comes up with an unthinkable, contemptible, lower-than-low scheme just crazy enough to seem doable: former track star Steve will compete in the upcoming Special Olympics as a "ringer," handily defeating the greatest champion of all time, six-time Gold Medal pentathlete Jimmy (Leonard Flowers), whom Gary will bet against.
Racked with remorse over Stavi, Steve begrudgingly goes along with the scandalous plan and transforms himself into "Jeffy," his new alter-ego. But succeeding at being intellectually challenged turns out to be a far greater challenge than Steve ever imagined. From convincing Special Olympics volunteer Lynn Sheridan (KATHERINE HEIGL), with whom Steve is smitten; to trying to win the friendship of his feisty fellow competitors, Steve is stumped, not to mention not nearly good enough to win any of his events.
To make matters worse, Steve's co-competitors soon get wise to his scam. But instead of turning against him they decide to join him and train Steve as a competitor themselves, hoping he can topple the arrogant Jimmy from the podium. With a training regimen unlike anything ever seen in sports before, Steve prepares to go for the Gold for his new friends . . . and, in the process, stumbles at long last upon his personal best.
Tackling taboos and challenging stereotypes while revealing real human courage at Special Olympics, THE RINGER's comedic cast, led by Johnny Knoxville (THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, JACKASS) also includes Brian Cox (TROY, ADAPTATION), Katherine Heigl (GREY'S ANATOMY, ROSWELL), Geoffrey Arend (SUPER TROOPERS, GARDEN STATE), Edward Barbanell, Bill Chott (DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?, GALAXY QUEST), Leonard Flowers, Leonard Earl Howze (BARBERSHOP, ANTWONE FISHER), Jed Rees (GALAXY QUEST, MEN WITH BROOMS), John Taylor (THE SEVENTH SIGN, ANIMALS), Luis Avalos (HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, LOVE STINKS) and Zen Gesner (FEVER PITCH, DUMB & DUMBER).
THE RINGER is directed by Barry W Blaustein (screenwriter of THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and COMING TO AMERICA) whose feature directorial debut, the wrestling documentary BEYOND THE MAT, was nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary. The screenplay is written by television veteran Ricky Blitt (FAMILY GUY, BROTHERLY LOVE, THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW).