The Ringer is filled with positive messages and role models. The Special Olympics endorsed this movie and even had final say in the script. If nothing else it has helped me take more compassion to efforts towards the mentally challenged communities and laugh-out-loud while doing so because of the hilarious jokes and antics brought together to make a spectacular movie.
Positive Message- 5/5 Respect for Special Olympics participants is a reoccurring theme throughout the film. Consequences for actions (good and bad) are demonstrated. Forgiveness, friendship, and doing what's right even when others are against you are all elements shown in this movie.
Positive Role Models- 5/5 Messages of right/wrong in character's actions are clearly distinguished. Main character Steve is pressured into pretending to be mentally handicapped to fix the Special Olympics in order to help his friend- he regrets this decision the entire movie and confesses his wrongdoing even though it costs him greatly. Lynn shows a very caring heart for all participants and treats them with love and patience. Some characters' actions (Uncle Gary, David, Jimmy) are very wrong- this is also clear to the storyline and not glorified in the least.
Violence- 2/5 Slapstick humor is seen throughout the film but no one is injured, murdered, or suffering. Stavi accidentally whacks off his fingers doing lawn work at the start of the film which sets the premise for the film and his fingers are shown at the hospital for humor (there is no blood or gore and the fingers look incredibly fake).
Language- 3/5 Several foul words are used for humor's sake. Any derogatory words or phrases against the mentally handicapped in this movie are sorely frowned upon, rebuked, or seen in stern negative light. Sexual references are limited.
Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking- 3/5 Uncle Gary drinks and smokes.
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Positive role models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking