A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Rigging the Special Olympics; mobsters and loan sharking; arrogant Special athlete with limo and attendants; majority of Special athletes are smart, sensitive, loving.
Positive 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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adolescent joking with references to cheerleaders, masturbation, a homosexual act; brief makeout scene in a movie theater, where jokes are made about Dirty Dancing.
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Mild cursing (s-word, "," " of ass," "," "-faker"), as well as derogatory terms for the intellectually challenged ("," "'tards").
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Products & Purchases
Shopping trip to CostCo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief reference to pot; characters drink in a bar; beer bottle and brief beer drinking at restaurant lunch; uncle smokes.
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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." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like other Farrelly brothers films (they produced this one), The Ringer has obnoxious, cringe-inducing jokes framed within a conventional romance. The film's fundamental lesson is that the "intellectually challenged" and the supposedly unchallenged are only differentiated by dominant perception and beliefs, that "normal" is measurable and desirable.
The movie draws attention to differences in perceptions by special and non-special characters, with the former consistently more insightful and compassionate. They see through Steve's performance when all the "normals" don't. But they also want him to stay on, because they want to see Jimmy beaten, and this leads to scenes ranging from rowdy to charming, as the "beat Jimmy" crew shares stories about being told what they "can't do."
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