"When Steve Barker finds himself running dead last in the corporate rat race, he sinks to an all time low--he attempts to rig the Special Olympics by pretending to be intellectually challenged. But, Barker is completely out-classed by his fellow Olympians, who are not only better athletes; they're just plain better people. And they're on to him. But rather than rat-out the rat, they join forces with him to once and for all beat Jimmy, the cocky reigning champion of the annual games. With a work-out regime uniquely their own, they train Barker to go for the gold and, in the process, show him what's at the heart of a true winner." http://movies.yahoo.com
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The movie starts off with Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) listening to a self-encouraging tape. Steve is a guy who has very little confidence. With the help of the tape, he decides to walk up to his boss and ask for a promotion. Just when the boss agreed, he assigns Steve a task, which is to fire the janitor, Stavi.
Stavi is a very kind man, and Steve seems to have a good relationship with him. So when Steve broke the bad news to him, seeing Stavi devastated, Steve asked Stavi to mow his lawn for $500 plus benefits, which shows how Steve is so nice he would go out of his own way to please people.
But one day while Steve was watching TV, and Stavi was mowing the lawn, the machine was jammed, so he stuck his finger in there and three fingers were cut off and he is rushed to the hospital.
At the hospital, the doctor explained that Stavi will need surgery and it will be covered by the insurance, only thing is, Steve hasn't applied an insurance for Stavi yet, so he will have to come up with $23,000 in a few weeks or the fingers will not be attachable. So after seeing Stavi and his sweet family that depended on his only income, Steve decided to find a way to make that money.
Steve calls his uncle Gary and asks if he has the money that he borrowed him couple years ago. Well, Gary was an addicted gambler, so we see him getting harassed by bookies and debt collectors. But just when he was being threatened, a commercial came up, and it was promoting the Special Olympics (for mentally or physically challenged athletes) and the bookie loves the star athlete named Jimmy, who's won the past four or five events. So Gary made another bet for $100K to the bookie, saying that Jimmy will not win the next event, and the bet was on.
Uncle Gary went to Steve and proposed this idea to him, that they are going to make Steve pretend to be retarded, and fix the Special Olympics. At first Steve refused because he felt it was morally wrong, but then he thought of Stavi and his family, Steve gives in.
At the event, which was kind of like first day of school, where there are hundreds of other handicapped people around, and they are settled in their dorm rooms with roommates.
Steve tried on a few characters for his uncle to know which was the right one to go as, and they came up with a goofy kid named Jeffy Dumher who likes coco puffs and apples. They bump into a volunteer named Lynn (Katherine Heigl.) She becomes his supervisor and guides him around the tryouts and the events. At this time, Steve was still hesitant about the whole con, but after seeing Lynn, he was willing to stay.
Steve finished top 8 of the event and was qualified to be in the tournament. But there comes the star athlete, Jimmy, who rolled up to the track in a limo with bodyguards and assistants. He was no different than any other athletes we see on TV today, always talking in the third person. Steve tried out with him, and Jimmy was just too fast and too good.
In the dorm, Steve meets some other campmates, but they weren't nice to him, they even found him to be a little weird. Thomas has the glasses and a fat lips, Glen likes to flex his biceps and talks with his lips closed, and Billy is great with computers and has cross-eyes. Like high school, they didn't accept Steve into their group; they gang up on him, play pranks on him and take away his food. They suspect that he is a fake, at which Steve admits to it. But that is when they started to accept Steve, because they said they are tired of seeing Jimmy win every year, so they are willing to train Steve for a whole week before the event to compete against Jimmy.
Lynn has a fiancé, and Steve is jealous of him. Tthe fiancé is flirty and was sweet and romantic in front of Lynn, but when Lynn is not around, he shows his true self and that gets Steve really annoyed. Steve tried to mention it to Lynn, but Lynn didn't believe Steve.
Lynn and Steve start to become close friends; she would take him out on her dates and grocery shopping. One time Lynn told Steve about her brother, who was also "special" and died a couple years ago (which explains why she's volunteering now).
One day, the group asked Steve to take them to the movie late at night, which was against the dorm rules, but Steve obliged. At the theater, they see Lynn's fiancé making out with another girl, and are threatened by the fiancé that if this secret gets out, then he will report their late night violation and they will be disqualified from the event. They are taken back by the fiancé and Lynn and the other supervisors catch them and demand an explanation. The gang cave in and spilled the secret about the fiancé, and that is the end of him and Lynn.
There is a prom/dance the night before the final event, and Steve has made his way right behind Jimmy in the standings. We see the gang getting their girls at the dance, and Steve and Lynn were dancing and exchanging sob stories and they almost kiss. Lynn storms off the dance floor apologizing to Steve.
Next day, Steve overhears Lynn talking to the supervisors that she is having feelings for a person in the camp, and she is done volunteering because she violated protocol.
Here at the final day and the final event of the Olympic (a race). Jimmy and Steve are next to each other and we hear Glenn and Thomas, who also qualified for this race, trash talking. The race begins and it looks like Jimmy is on his way to another gold medal this year, until he trips and collapses on the final lap. This time, Steve sprinted towards the finish line, only to decide to stop and walk back to pick Jimmy up. Jimmy immediately runs to the end, but Glenn wins by a nose.
Turns out, Uncle Gary did win the bet, because he only bet that Jimmy will not win this year, so it didn't matter if Steve wasn't the one that beat Jimmy.
At the ceremony, Steve is awarded the copper medal, but he grabs the microphone and announces that he is a fake. He compliments the athletes for their ability to compete and all that, and gives Thomas the copper medal, saying he was right behind Steve the whole race. Steve walks over to Lynn to apologize, but she slaps him and leaves.
Six months later, we see that Steve has quit his old job and is working as a director/volunteer at a "special' theater. His friends from the camp are performing Romeo and Juliet, and Steve is helping out directing. That is when Glenn brings in Lynn, and she said she forgives Steve and they hug and kiss. Tthe show goes on and there is singing and dancing and the usual happy ending.
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