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 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
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 6.4 / 10
Director: Troy Miller
Starring: David Cross as Ronnie Dobbs / Pootie T / Chow Chow, Bob Odenkirk 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, Jill Talley as Tammy, Paul Carden as Tas-Tee Liquor Store Owner, Becky Thyre as Tonya, Suli McCullough as Kyle, David Koechner 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, M.C. Gainey 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, Tommy Smeltzer as Police Station Guard, Brett Paesel as Infomercial Nancy, Brian Posehn as Tank, Patton Oswalt 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, Greg Behrendt as Radio DJ "The Lemur", Dave Foley as Network Executive #1, Andy Richter as Network Executive #2, Sarah Silverman as Network Executive #3, Trey Parker as Himself, Matt Stone as Himself, Ben Stiller as Himself, Rebecca Romijn as Herself, John Stamos as Himself, Colin Malone as Himself, Garry Shandling as Himself, Scott Ian as Himself, Kathy Griffin as Herself, Craig Anton as Holywood Agent, Laura Kightlinger as Birthday Woman, Jeff Garlin as Birthday Woman's Friend, Christopher Nguyen as Chow Chow, John Andrews as Party Photographer, Drew McWeeny as Himself, Scott Thompson as Himself, Patrick Warburton as Head of Gay Conspiracy, Nikki Cox as Kayla, Elisha Choice as Music Video, Gregg Harris as Cult Member Gr'hg, Tom Kenny as TV News Reporter / Cult Leader Gleh'n, Paul F. Tompkins as Safari Guy in TV, Wendy Cross as Terry's NYC Assistant, Mandy Patinkin as Himself, Cookie Brindle as Terry's NYC Assistant #1, Mary Lynn Rajskub as Herself, Jim Turner as Himself, Jack Black as Lead Chimney Sweep, Scott Adsit as Police Negotiator, R. Lee Ermey as Lead Kidnapper, Scott Aukerman as Starving Kidnapper, Lance Bangs as Gay Conspiracy Technician, Jeff Goldblum as Himself, Maynard James Keenan as Titannica Lead Singer, Jim Norton as Cop, Kulap Vilaysack as Gay Female Military Type #2