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Steve Barker is a nice guy stuck in a mundane desk job when a twist of fate turns his life--and his definition of success--upside down. When Steve works up the courage to ask his boss for a promotion, his wish is surprisingly granted, with one condition: Steve must first fire Stave, the long-time janitor at the company. To soften the blow, Steve offers to employ the distraught janitor himself, a decision that quickly backfires when a lawn care accident lands Stavi in the hospital missing several fingers not to mention medical insurance. Desperate for the cash to save Stavi's digits, Steve enlists the help of his smarmy uncle Gary, who's worried about his own skyrocketing gambling debts. In typical fashion, Gary comes up with an unthinkable, contemptible, lower-than-low scheme just crazy enough to seem doable: former track star Steve will compete in the upcoming Special Olympics as a "ringer," handily defeating the greatest champion of all time, six-time Gold Medal pentathlete Jimmy, whom Gary will bet against. Racked with remorse over Stavi, Steve begrudgingly goes along with the scandalous plan and transforms himself into "Jeffy," his new alter-ego. But succeeding at being intellectually challenged turns out to be a far greater challenge than Steve ever imagined. From convincing Special Olympics volunteer Lynn Sheridan, with whom Steve is smitten; to trying to win the friendship of his feisty fellow competitors, Steve is stumped, not to mention not nearly good enough to win any of his events. To make matters worse, Steve's co-competitors soon get wise to his scam. But instead of turning against him they decide to join him and train Steve as a competitor themselves, hoping he can topple the arrogant Jimmy from the podium. With a training regimen unlike anything ever seen in sports before, Steve prepares to go for the Gold for his new friends--and, in the process, stumbles at long last upon his personal best.

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Johnny Knoxville (as Steve Barker)
Mohammad Ahmed (as Dr. Ahmed )
Geoffrey Arend (as Winston )
Edward Barbanell (as Billy )
Johnny Bartee (as Stadium Spectator )
Camille Chen (as Sarah )
Bill Chott (as Thomas )
Kelly Cook (as Athlete )
Brian Cox (as Gary )
Alcides Dias (as Michael )
Al Train Dias (as Michael )
Lauren-Elaine Edleson (as Brandi (as Lauren Elaine) )
Damian Fannin (as Special Olympics Volunteer )
Zen Gesner (as David Patrick )
Charles E. Gray (as Photographer )
Diana Heart (as Girl in Wheelchair )
Katherine Heigl (as Lynn )
Eric Hernandez (as Athlete )
Kimberley R. Johnson (as Sports Agent )
Kimberly Johnson (as Sports Agent )
Brad Leland (as Mr. Henderson )
Brandie McMinn (as Actress )
Adam North (as Popcorn guy )
Rajiv Patel (as Special Olympics Volunteer )
Robert C. Pemelton (as Office worker )
Steven Prince (as Peter Clemons )
Steven Chester Prince (as Peter Clemons )
John Rothman (as Priest )
J.D. Stahr (as Starting Gun Official )
Santiago Villalobos (as Soccer Referee/field judge )
Katherine Willis (as Ditzy Woman )

Directed By: Barry W. Blaustein
Written By: Ricky Blitt
Produced By: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Release Date (US): Decemeber 23rd, 2005

Length of Movie: 1h 40min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references

Budget: $

Opening Weekend: $7,702,439

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