Run Ronnie Run!


Run Ronnie Run! Review

Based on characters and skits from David Cross and Bob Odenkirk's irreverant/scary Mr. Show series, Run Ronnie Run takes one of their least sustainable bits and turns it into a full-blown feature. Hmmm, okay. Let's play along.

So Ronnie Dobbs (Cross) is such a loser that he's married the same woman three times (he's trying to, anyway), and he's been arrested so often he's become a staple on Fuzz, a show borrowed from the obvious connection. In fact, Ronnie's insane appearances are so popular that he makes a career out of being arrested, thanks to a mamby-pamby infomercial producer (Odenkirk), who crafts a Ronnie-only version of Fuzz. Ronnie gets arrested every week, propositioning undercover cops and so on, and soon he's the kind of Hollywood celebrity that would qualify as the bastard child of Richard Hatch and Kid Rock.

His brand of white trash becomes so popular that he attracts the likes of Kathy Griffin and Jeff Goldblum, but Ronnie stays Ronnie -- crass and utterly idiotic. When tempted by a woman's suggestive banter, he makes a rather direct statement getting right to the point. Let's hear from Ronnie himself, when confronted with a cardboard cutout of a woman holding a pair of beer cans inviting him to grab two of them: "Man, I know they talking about beer, but I can think of another pair I'd like to grab. My balls."

This is often funny, but it's equally banal, as Ronnie's directness is pretty much a one-note joke. It's like reading about J. Lo and Ben -- it's the same story over and over again. Cross is funny, but he's simply better when he's bald. Here his schtick is outclassed by the countless celebrity cameos and non-sequitur vignettes, including one that unmasks the "gay conspiracy" (here headed by Patrick Warburton) and forces them to give up their plans for world domination. It's totally out of place in the film, and it's wholly unforgettable.

Run Ronnie Run!

Facts and Figures

Run time: 86 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 1st January 2002

Distributed by: New Line Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Home Box Office (HBO), Burg/Koules Productions, Dakota North Entertainment, Dakota Pictures

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Ronnie Dobbs / Pootie T / Chow Chow, as Terry Twillstein / Wolfgang Amadeus Thelonius Von Funkenmeister the XIX 3 / 4 / Daffy Mal Yinkle Yankle, Bruce Taylor as Dot Lancaster, Leon Lamar as Tammy's Neighbor, India Cosper as Middle Ronnie, Blaze Walker as Little Middle Ronnie, Storm Walker as Little Ronnie, as Tammy, Paul Carden as Tas-Tee Liquor Store Owner, as Tonya, as Kyle, as Clay, Saucy as F'd Up Dog, E.J. De La Pena as Jerry Trellis, Jonathon Pelletier as 9 Year Old Ronnie, Kimberly Schwartz as 9 Year Old Tammy, Matthew Draper as 12 Year Old Ronnie, Amber Wallace as 12 Year Old Tammy, as Hark Trellis, Frank Hoyt Taylor as Frank - "Fuzz" Cop, Bill Rowell as Bill - "Fuzz" Cop, Pearlyne Irving as Darnetta, Shawn Maurer as 'Fuzz' Cameraman, as Police Station Guard, Brett Paesel as Infomercial Nancy, as Tank, as Dozer - Editor #1, Donna Wright as Undercover Hooker, Ken Daly as Editor #2, Doug Benson as Editor #3, Dean Holland as Editor #4, John Matta as Editor #5, Blaine Cartwright as Duke's Bar Owner, Ted Manson as Oldie Bowling Alley Man, Kenny Alfonso as High School Cop, as Radio DJ "The Lemur", as Network Executive #1, as Network Executive #2, as Network Executive #3, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Herself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Herself, Craig Anton as Holywood Agent, as Birthday Woman, as Birthday Woman's Friend, Christopher Nguyen as Chow Chow, John Andrews as Party Photographer, Drew McWeeny as Himself, as Himself, as Head of Gay Conspiracy, as Kayla, Elisha Choice as Music Video, Gregg Harris as Cult Member Gr'hg, as TV News Reporter / Cult Leader Gleh'n, Paul F. Tompkins as Safari Guy in TV, Wendy Cross as Terry's NYC Assistant, as Himself, Cookie Brindle as Terry's NYC Assistant #1, as Herself, Jim Turner as Himself, as Lead Chimney Sweep, as Police Negotiator, as Lead Kidnapper, as Starving Kidnapper, Lance Bangs as Gay Conspiracy Technician, as Himself, as Titannica Lead Singer, as Cop, Kulap Vilaysack as Gay Female Military Type #2