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Run Ronnie Run (2002)

R | | Comedy | January 2002 (USA)
A redneck with an uncanny knack for getting arrested becomes the star of his own reality program.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Taylor Bruce Taylor ... Dot Lancaster
David Cross ... Ronnie Dobbs / Pootie T / Chow Chow
Leon Lamar ... Tammy's Neighbor
India Cosper India Cosper ... Middle Ronnie
Blaze Walker Blaze Walker ... Little Middle Ronnie
Storm Walker Storm Walker ... Little Ronnie
Jill Talley ... Tammy
Paul Carden Paul Carden ... Tas-Tee Liquor Store Owner
Becky Thyre ... Tonya
Suli McCullough Suli McCullough ... Kyle
David Koechner ... Clay
Saucy Saucy ... F'd Up Dog
E.J. De la Pena E.J. De la Pena ... Jerry Trellis
Jonathon Pelletier Jonathon Pelletier ... 9 Year Old Ronnie
Kimberly Schwartz Kimberly Schwartz ... 9 Year Old Tammy


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 The Fuzz

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Rated R for strong language, sexual content and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alearga, Ronnie, alearga See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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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 »


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Ronnie Dobbs: I'm gonna go out in this world and get everything I can get. I mean, I'm gonna be rich, super rich. I mean, I'm gonna be spending money like a chimp in a beat-off contest.
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Crazy Credits

Daffy Mal Yinkle Yankle, the parody character from Mr. Show, is credited as "himself". See more »


Spoofs Cops (1989) See more »


I Loathe L.A.
Lyrics by David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Scott Aukerman, BJ Porter and Brian Posehn
Music by Eban Schletter
Performed by Daffy Mal Yinkle Yankle
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I'll take what I can get.
28 September 2003 | by BneidlSee all my reviews

Obviously this movie isn't as good as the t.v. show was, but it IS scarce, precious Mr. Show product. You have to take what you can get. I've watched the 24 episodes of Mr. Show many times. We all know that most of them were just brilliant. The problem is, 24 episodes isn't enough. Consequently, even though I had read the accounts of how New Line allegedly butchered this film in the editing room, I had to buy it when I saw it on the rack in the store.

Basically, you have to wade through a lot of bland, unoriginal material to find those small islands of greatness that recall the best of Mr. Show. The "Three Times One Minus" One video was fantastic, for instance. Those were among the funniest characters they created on Mr. Show, and their presentation here improves on what we had seen before. It was a great example of how having a full film crew and a studio budget permitted a more elaborate rendering of a great idea.

Perhaps one defect in this movie that is not New Line's fault was the decision to make Ronnie Dobbs the focus of the story. Ronnie Dobbs was NOT one of the better characters from Mr. Show. The first of the two skits in which he appeared (season 1) was very broad and way below the intelligence of the usual Mr. Show skit. It was SNL quality (which is to say poor). The second Dobbs skit (season 3)--the musical one--was actually pretty funny, especially David Cross' song (which Mandy Patinkin sings in the film), but even so there isn't really enough in the character to support an entire film. The decision to base the film on Dobbs is a bit surprising for the additional reason that Mr. Show prided itself on not relying on a stable of established or recognized characters. They were too classy, unlike SNL, to turn to a "Wayne's World" or "Church Lady" every week just to milk out a few undeserved laughs based purely on audience recognition. I would have expected Bob Odenkirk and David Cross to write a film script based principally on new characters (with some from the t.v. show maybe appearing once or twice in smaller roles). Surprising.

Ultimately, though, the price is worth it for die hard Mr. Show fans dying for some additional material; just don't hold out hope for a movie on par with the series. You'll get your money's worth based on Three Times One Minus One and Jack Black's cameo alone (and I usually think Jack Black is wildly overrated).

A final observation: the appearance of Jeff Goldblum in this movie confirms something I suspected ever since he narrated (without credit) the Civil War Re-enactment skit in the television show; he must be a fan of Bob and David's.

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