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Run Ronnie Run!

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Based on the incredibly popular character Ronnie Dobbs from the hit HBO series "Mr. Show", Run Ronnie Run tells the story of a drunken, mullet-haired criminal who can't seem to keep himself from getting arrested. When spotted once again on a national reality show, a Hollywood TV producer gets the brilliant idea to base an entire show on Ronnie himself. Soon, Ronnie is a national TV star and the toast of Hollywood but how long can a guy from the backwoods of Tennessee survive in the big time

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators and stars of the HBO comedy sketch series Mr. Show, bravely stretch one of that program's premises and characters into a generally successful, feature-length film in Run Ronnie Run! Cross plays Ronnie Dobbs, a trailer-park nitwit whose pranks find him routinely chased by small-town police. When an L.A. television producer (Odenkirk) discovers Ronnie is a favorite and frequent felon on a reality TV show, he signs Dobbs to his own series (Ronnie Dobbs Gets Arrested!) and re-settles him in Beverly Hills. Unprepared for fame, money, and power, Ronnie tries reinventing his life with mixed results. Much of Run Ronnie Run! is funny, though Cross--always a strong performer--is typically better than the material. The film works best as a showcase for sight gags and one-note sketches; among the latter is a great piece involving a self-help guru and a cameo by Jeff Goldblum. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Three Times One Minus One Music Video
  • DVD-ROM Enabled
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Product Details

  • Actors: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Taylor, Leon Lamar, India Cosper
  • Directors: Troy Miller
  • Writers: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, BJ Porter, Brian Posehn, Scott Aukerman
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, Carl Mazzocone
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009ZPU7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Run Ronnie Run!" on IMDb

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jesse A. Farmer on August 20, 2003
Format: DVD
Despite Bob and David's own scathing reviews and the at times slow pace of the film, Run Ronnie Run still stands as one of the best comedies in recent years.
Keeping in mind that Bob and David originally wanted to do an entirely different film but were pressured into making a Ronnie Dobbs movie.
Keeping in mind that Bob and David were eventually snaked by Troy Miller when they were barred from partaking in the editing process.
Keeping in mind that the story is thin and the pace fluctuates between raging Mr. Show hyper-irony and dull Hollywood shlock.
It's really not that bad of a movie.
The Thrilling Miracles segment was pure twisted genius.
The 3 Times 1 Minus 1 video was perhaps the most pointed take on...RnB love songs yet.
And the Ass Kicking Fat Kid scene was the best hurried plot resolution device I've ever seen.
Even if the plot was trite, characters thin and the pace slow, the calibre of comedy in this film is still unmatched by any movies of late and more than made up for its flaws.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sick Daddy on March 21, 2008
Format: DVD
In a day when it's hard to find a comedy that you can actually laugh aloud, Run Ronnie Run is just that. The characters are off-beat, and David Cross is at his funniest in this silly comedy. I highly recommend this movie to anyone that wants or needs a good laugh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward M. Erdelac on September 22, 2003
Format: DVD
The long-awaited Mr. Show movie, brought to you by those two funny monkeys, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Despite huge cuts and delays (this was supposed to be theatrically released like three years ago, but everybody associated with it balked come distribution time), and the modest panning of it by Bob and David themselves, I'm happy to say Run Ronnie Run is pretty good. Not great, but how many comedies based on sketch show characters really soar?
This one is about Ronnie Dobbs (played by Cross), a white trash bumpkin who repeatedly finds himself being arrested on a popular reality television show which in deference to Michael Moore, shall remain unamed (`Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do...'). This gets the attention of an effeminate British Tv producer (played by Odenkirk) who has the brainy idea to create a reality show based solely around Ronnie getting arrested. The show is a hit, and Ronnie must deal with that cursed, cursed demon called mega-popularity and wealth.
Ronnie's character is toned down a little from the Tv series, showing a genuine love for his down-home wife (three times divorced) and basically setting the plot, which is `get back to basics and regain lost love.' Also, much of Ronnie's gags we've already seen on the show (just about all of them actually, except for a laugh-out loud scene where a drunken Ronnie, `resplendent' in a Sammy Hagar t-shirt, drives a hijacked school bus through a high school dance's giant tiki head and then tips it over on the football field, pinning his buddy underneath). Bob merges two of his characters from the show (the psychotic British infomercial host and the effete Tv producer) But that's all incidental. The new gags here are hilarious.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt VINE VOICE on January 17, 2006
Format: DVD
If you liked "Mr. Show" on HBO, you'll enjoy this movie. I understand that it takes a certain type of sense of humor to appreciate this kind of seemingly senseless humor. David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are an amazing comic pairing and they've produced some great comedy together over the years.

I thought this movie was funny. The characters played by Cross and Odenkirk are based on a skit they did on "Mr. Show". They've developed them and stretched them to ridiculous lengths to create an entire film based on the simplistic personality of Ronnie Dobbs - the mullet-wearing hick rebel who can't keep himself from getting into trouble and being arrested.

I would say the highlight of the film would have to be the R&B montage they created for Ronnie's love scene with Nikki Cox's character. It's hilarious. Plenty of star cameos in this movie help it along. It has its moments, but I don't believe it's the best movie Cross and Odenkirk have in them.

DVD includes a few deleted scenes and not much else.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Benway on September 22, 2003
Format: DVD
As a voracious Mr. Show fan, I had expected that Bob & David's feature film debut (as a team) would be as clever and as funny as Mr. Show, the vehicle that propelled them to cult favorite status.
However, operating under a studio that re-edited and reworked their movie, Bob & David lost their creative control over their project. The result is a movie not worthy of the Mr. Show moniker. Significantly dumbed-down, and played out like a one-note joke, Run Ronnie Run is less like the fresh inventiveness of Mr. Show, and more like one of those tired SNL movies which features a once-brilliant character just going through the motions.
In the end, it's easy to see why Bob & David wanted to discard this film, a mangled version of their concept. Shame on New Line Cinema for tainting the genius of Bob & David, and then shame on them for refusing to issue this film a theatrical release, only to offer the film on DVD for a quick buck.
Still, for Bob & David DVD completists, this is a must-have companion to Mr. Show.
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