The Ringer

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have made comedies about the obese (Shallow Hal), the schizophrenic (Me, Myself & Irene), and conjoined twins (Stuck on You), so it was only a matter of time before they got to the developmentally disabled. Johnny Knoxville is a former track star whose gambling-addicted uncle (Brian Cox) persuades him to pose as retarded and compete in the Special Olympics. Both the Olympics and the National Down Syndrome Society have provided the Farrellys, who coproduced, with letters of endorsement, which seems weird given that all the big laughs come at the expense of the disabled characters. A flimsy setup dooms this from the start, though its sheer awfulness is something to see—it's the Tod Browning remake of Soul Man. Barry W. Blaustein directed. PG-13, 94 min.

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