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
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Ronnie Dobbs, played by David Cross, is the textbook example of trailer trash. He drinks, does not work, his ex-wife lives in a trailer, etc. (It doesn't get much more obvious.) What makes him interesting is that he spends his time running from the police, after committing such "crimes" as messing up a Piggly-Wiggly sign. One of the funniest bits of the movie was watching the semi-overweight cops chase him through a house and fumble around unlike the ones on television's "Cops". Then when a dim-witted inventor, Terry Twillstein (Bob Odenkirk), stumbles upon the idea of giving Dobbs his own reality show, everything falls into place. From there Ronnie's left to deal with his own successions and decide if it's the life he wants. The story is almost pointless, as it seems they just used the story to throw in whatever seemed funniest or fitting at the time. There are a number of hilarious cameos from such well-known actors as Jeff Goldblum, Jack Black, Dave Foley, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Garry Shandling, and Ben Stiller (amongst others); and a couple of hilarious scenes--the Three Times One Minus One video and the "Survivor" takeoff particularly. But in the end, cameos and spoofs don't make an entire movie.
At just 87 minutes, 'Ron Ronnie Run' is be no means perfect. Yes, it is very funny and at times quite smart in its parodies and whatnot. But the predictability of a character like Ronnie Dobbs, along with such useless running gags as Clay's injuries (which, by the way, are not final until the VERY end of the credits), it's hard to give this movie more than 3 stars. If you're a fan of "Mr. Show" or are looking for a few good laughs, 'Run Ronnie Run' is worth watching. And finally, if nothing else, you get Nikki Cox in a thong. Enjoy the show.
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.
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.
Particular standouts are:
-The piece of glass from the exploding food processor flying into the chick's chest being looped on the editing machine (it sounds sick, but really, you gotta see it)
- The Three Times One Minus One video: 3x1-1 are Bob and David's brilliant R+B alter-egoes, who do a sickeningly funny send up of the played out `I wanna sex u up' set. The lyrics are amazing...
- Jack Black's chimney sweep musical number on the London rooftops
-The guy sitting in the bathtub during the first Ronnie chase...oh man.
- The fat kid martial arts sequence (particularly for the song being played in the background)
- Mandy Patinkin singing the Ronnie Dobbs theme wearing nothing but a straw hat (and with the same starry eyed passion as if it were Somewhere Over The Rainbow).
This isn't the best structured film you've ever seen, and it doesn't hit every time. If your idea of a good comedy is Airplane or Hexed, you'll love this. Its a pretty good sendup of the garbage being pumped into our living rooms by reality-programming-happy Tv suits every night, with enough poop jokes to keep the kids laughing. There's also a slew of cameos; Jeff Goldstein (I mean Goldbloom), Ben Stiller, R. Lee Ermey (Sir! Yes sir!), Dave Foley, Scott McCullough, Andy Richter, as well as most of the original Mr. Show cast, all very funny. As a matter of fact, I don't see why Bob and David aren't at least marginally proud of this. Its not the masterpiece Mr. Show was, but its not a total loss. Maybe all this false humility is just to catch us Mr. Show fans with our pants down...make us lower our guard and be more forgiving of their first film foray. It'd be just like those creeps...
Well anyway, when its funny, its very funny indeed.
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