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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

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Ronald Wilby
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Mrs. Wood
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Sgt. Lynch
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Mr. Wood
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Elaine Wilby
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Mr. Roscoe
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Mrs. Schumacher
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Babs Wood
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Althea Wood
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Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles ...
Duane Matthews
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Sergeant Carter
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Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman ...
Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill ...
Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
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A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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The Wilby place is haunted... by a ghost who isn't dead! See more »

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Indespærret  »

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When Ronald's mother is in the pantry waking him up, she has a tray at her feet. Ronald opens the door and hands the empty tray to her. At the end of the scene, the breakfast tray is gone, however, since the scene is shot in closeup's, she may have handed him the tray and he brought it into his room. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Wilby: Your parents won't be home until Sunday.
Babs Wood: [creeped out] How do you know that?
Ronald Wilby: I'm Prince Norbert, ruler of Atranta! I know everything.
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A film that came to define a generation.
10 February 2001 | by (West Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The film Bad Ronald I think is really a commentary on what it is like to be an introvert, rather than just the story of an individual. The underlying message of this film speaks so much more than the surface one. A shy person, someone unsure of him or herself can feel like a shut in. Like they too are trapped within a confined space. The flaws in their personality imprison them in their home, not the death of their mother as in Ronald's case, but the situation is the same. Such introverts can never be comfortable with the way they live, just as Ronald isn't, because they are surrounded and flaunted by people who do not suffer the same affliction as they.

Ronald was forced to observe these people in the form of the people that move into the house he is trapped in, real life introverts seem them in the form of atheletes, socialites, quote end quote players, the rich, the beautiful, etc. Also attempts to fight back against these people or join their society seem futile to outsiders, exactly like Bad Ronald's attempt to date a popular girl far to good for him and romance one of the girls that comes into his house of habitation. A fantasy world, like Ronald's Entarantia (a movie parallel to geeks who live in the Star Wars universe), are their only way to stay sane. Bad Ronald carries alot of weight to it. Also it kicks ass.


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