An all-cynical, all-evil absurdist variety show that parodies the classic educational PBS shows of the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films, children, and puppets from one's worst nightmares.
This comedy/variety show specialized in parodies of movies and television shows and commercials. Often, they would also have a special guest (e.g., a TV actor) join them in the comedy ... See full summary »
Run Ronnie Run is a heart warming spin-off from the cult hit HBO series "Mr. Show". It is the story of Ronwell Quincy Dobbs (David Cross), who has a unique talent for getting arrest. A British television personality, Terry Twillstein (Bob Odenkirk), gets sight of Ronnie and brings Ronnie to Hollywood to get him his own TV show. Ronnie must then deal with his new life, while having to deal with missing his ex-wife that he left back home. This is a delightful comedy with countless celebrity cameos by Dave Foley, Jeff Goldblum, and Jack Black just to name a few. As well as many appearances by characters for the hit television series "Mr. Show". Written by
This movie was held by New Line Cinema for 2 1/2 years after it was completed. It was never released theatrically and was finally released on DVD September 16th 2003. See more »
[Ronnie attends a religious cult meeting with Jeff Goldblum]
Cult Leader Gleh'n:
What does Jeff Goldblum want?
I want my money back. And I want angels to give it to me. And pixies to count it out, and a gnome or a hobbit or an elf to sleep at the foot of my bed, and have - I just want them all over my backyard. But no matter what happens with any of that, I DO want my money back.
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During the ending credits, "outtakes" are seen. All these "outtakes" are spoofs of outtakes from Jackie Chan movies. For example, after each "injury" four Asian men in red jumpsuits run out to help the "injured" (similar to many Jackie Chan movies,) and the "outtake" ends with the "injured" person giving a thumbs up to the camera while on a stretcher (a la Jackie Chan.) See more »
Brilliant! The funniest comedy since Dumb & Dumber!
Run, Ronnie, Run is a comedy with the rare distinction of having an excellently written script, especially since it was meant to sound dumb. Ronnie Dobbs is your typical beer guzzling redneck who can't seem to avoid getting himself arrested, and who always seems to have his elaborate arrests caught on film and broadcast on television.
Some dumb guy is discovered through his unenviable skill of getting embarrassingly arrested, has a TV show created around his arrests, and becomes an instant star. Clearly, this is not Oscar material. In fact, a plot outline like that leads you to believe that it will be just another bonehead comedy in the moronic tradition of American Pie and Road Trip and Big Momma's House. However, Run, Ronnie, Run proves to be much more than any of those movies.
Not only is it packed full of sidesplitting comedy, it is also presented in numerous unique ways. The film opens with an introduction by an elderly man whose vulgar speech prepares the audience for the sheer hilarity that is to follow. The rest of the movie is sparsely narrated by Clay, one of Ronnie's accident-prone friends who is the funniest redneck I've seen in a movie in years, besides Ronnie himself. David Cross delivers a hilarious performance in this film, and hopefully this movie will allow people to forgive him for his part in the pathetic Scary Movie 2.
As is necessary in a comedy like this, the dialogue is full of great comedy, but the thing that makes this movie unique is that it is not only hilarious but it's very well written. There are lots of very simple but very effective speech gags, like Ronnie's dim-witted comment to a police officer who was being excessively angry with a young kid (who happened to be the officer's son), as well as his charming response to his stripper girlfriend (one of the many products of his instant fame) when her very presence doesn't manage to create the response that he hopes for in his ex. And by the way, it's just not the same to read all this in a review, you have to see this stuff for yourself. Not only is it more effective to see it all for yourself, but there is so much uproarious comedy in this movie that it is impossible to list it all in one review.
Every character in this film is significant and well presented, and the movie never gets boring or slow. There are a couple of things that could have been left out, such as the Mary Poppins spoof about giving your woman a good old kick in the c*nt, as well as the eventual fate of Clay, but even this childish and sometimes crude and grotesque humor is not enough to bring down the movie as a whole. This is a great comedy in the tradition of Dumb & Dumber, although I can't say that the movie actually manages to pass that one up as far as sheer quality.
Even though there were a few things that were a little excessive or did not need to be in the movie, Run, Ronnie, Run is still a tremendously amusing and entertaining film. Every character in the film will have you cheering, and there is even one noteworthy scene where the town Mayor's fat, video game addicted son gets p***ed off and does something that will make every jaw in the audience drop. That's one of the best scenes in the film, and the irony is one of the things that made it such a good scene. I assure you that I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best comedies to come along in years. It is so rare to see a comedy that is driven by the mishaps and misfortune of the uneducated (and inbred?) that is able to overcome the simplicity of its content and come off as such a fulfilling and entertaining comedy. Definitely do not miss this one.
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