Jackass Johnny Knoxville’s gardener loses his fingers in a grass cutting accident, so he has to do what any good employer would do and pay for his operation. Since he doesn’t have insurance that means he has to pretend to be retarded and enter the Special Olympics while his sleazy uncle (Brian Cox) bets the farm on him taking out the top contender.
The Farrelly Brothers produced this consistently funny flick, which dances around the fine line of political correctness by making all of it’s disabled characters three dimensional. There’s even a funny scene that takes place after they learn
Sure the story is packed with clichés, but there is at least some genuine heart to the flick and the performances make it work. Knoxville is great in the lead, even though the line of his character acting “normal” or “retarded” gets a little blurry sometimes. Cox is a hoot as the crass uncle and Heigl (just before she hit the big time with Grey’s Anatomy) is just peachy as the love interest. The real mentally challenged actors all do a fine job as well, but it’s Jesse Ventura (in a vocal cameo) who gets the best line of the movie when he says, “I’ve had bowel movements with more spine than you!”