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Knoxville is Special

Published September 28, 2005 in Movie Trailers
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Fox Searchlight
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When I first saw the teaser trailer for the upcoming comedy The Ringer, I thought that this film was one of those that is most likely to upset a lot of moviegoers and people in general. Featuring Johnny Knoxville as a guy who acts like he is retarded in order to compete and make money in the special olympics, it looked like this film was looking to find humor in those that were, uhh, 'gifted.'

However, the Farrelly Brothers have a pretty good record when it comes to celebrating a handicap rather than laughing at it. Therefore, it took the full trailer for The Ringer to really give us a sense of what this film was all about-- Johnny Knoxville making an ass out of himself with very humorous results.


The Ringer Trailer


The Ringer reminds me a lot of the South Park episode that dealt with steroids and Cartman joining the special olympics to win the cash prize. Both protagonists work to create the look of what is expected from some one who is mentally challenged with a humorous effect. However, both work to send a more positive message slightly hidden underneath all the laughs.

When Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) finds himself running dead last in the corporate rat race, he sinks to an all time low...he attempts to rig the Special Olympics by pretending to be intellectually challenged. But, Barker is completely out-classed by his fellow Olympians, who are not only better athletes; they're just plain better people. And they're on to him. But rather than rat-out the rat, they join forces with him to once and for all beat Jimmy, the cocky reigning champion of the annual games. With a work-out regime uniquely their own, they train Barker to go for the gold and, in the process, show him what's at the heart of a true winner.



So, in a better form, The Ringer takes a humorous look at the mentally challenged and while doing so manages to find a positive message. In the trailer you will see Johnny Knoxville join the ranks of his challenged friends and even begin to think that he is one of them. Of course, being a Farrelly movie, there are tons of spills, falls and crashes. However, a majority of which come directly from Knoxville.

To watch both trailers for The Ringer, click the poster above or head on over to Quicktime.

The Ringer comes to theatres on December 23rd.

For movie movie info, go to The Ringer Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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