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The Ringer

In desperate need of money, Steve Baker (Johnny Knoxville) bets on the one contest he's sure he can win -- The Special Olympics. Posing as a mentally challenged athlete, he prepares to run for the gold, only to discover his lack of ethics is not his only handicap. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Theater Release: 22 Dec 2005
Video Release: 15 May 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do good intentions and compassion for others ever justify unscrupulous acts? Are there other options Steve can find to solve his money dilemma?

Is there a difference between forgiving and excusing a person’s behavior? What consequences result from Steve’s actions?

Leonard Flowers, who stars as Jimmy Washington, is a 16-year Special Olympics veteran. He competes in track and tennis, and has won numerous medals. To learn more about other athletes and the events involved in the Special Olympics, visit the official site at http://www.specialolympics.org.

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