The Ringer

2005 PG-13 1h 34m DVD

The Ringer

2005 PG-13 1h 34m DVD
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Desperate for dough to help a pal, lowlife Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) plots with his buddy to rig the Special Olympics. The plan: Steve will masquerade as a competitor in the hope of unseating the high-and-mighty reigning champ, Jimmy. Some of the other contestants recognize Steve as a fake, but because they'd also like to see Jimmy fail, they go all out to help the imposter prevail. Brian Cox and Katherine Heigl co-star.
Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, Edward Barbanell, Bill Chott, Zen Gesner
Barry W. Blaustein
Full Screen 1.33:1, Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

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."

Sexual Content

Adolescent joking with references to cheerleaders, masturbation, a homosexual act; brief makeout scene in a movie theater, where jokes are made about Dirty Dancing.


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.


Mild cursing (s-word, "," " of ass," "," "-faker"), as well as derogatory terms for the intellectually challenged ("," "'tards").

Social Behavior

Rigging the Special Olympics; mobsters and loan sharking; arrogant Special athlete with limo and attendants; majority of Special athletes are smart, sensitive, loving.


Shopping trip to CostCo.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief reference to pot; characters drink in a bar; beer bottle and brief beer drinking at restaurant lunch; uncle smokes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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