Gamers, get ready
Ouch! 20th Century Fox's feature comedy The Ringer, which shot in and around Austin last fall under the helming of director Barry Blaustein (screenwriter of Eddie Murphy's flatulence-happy The Nutty Professor and its sequel, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps) has received its first online review on Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool News, and it's a doozy (and not in a good way, either). Of the alleged comedy, which feature's Jackass posterboy Johnny Knoxville infiltrating the Special Olympics, poster/spy/nom de guerre "John Cocktoasten" says, "They should stop worrying about it being offensive and start worrying about it being funny," and goes on to call the (admittedly as-yet-unfinished) film "incredibly boring" with a "painfully bad" ending. "Short Cuts" can attest that Blaustein, a former Saturday Night Live scribe, is a swell guy we ran into him several times during the shoot, and at one point he convinced us he was not a director but, indeed, a dentist, which we were suckered into because, well, the guy looks a lot like a dentist. Go figure. Since The Ringer is still classified as being in post-production, this early screed doesn't mean the finished product will be anything less than uproarious, but still ... Barry Blaustein, DDS does have a certain ring to it.