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Run Ronnie Run! (2002)

  Directed by: Troy Miller
Written by: Scott Aukerman, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, BJ Porter, Brian Posehn
Starring: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk
Links: Run Ronnie Run! on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating)
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"Too long to be sketchy" - a review by pearly

Run Ronnie Run! is written by and stars David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, and is based on the character of Ronnie that they created for their television comedy series Mr Show, a series which I've only ever seen about five minutes of.

When you base a movie on a character from a television show (think Wayne's World (1992)), fans of the original show are almost always going to find the movie one or two points funnier / better than non-fans. This is most definitely the case with Run Ronnie Run!. I found it to be a little funny, but not nearly funny enough for a comedy movie of this type, that was aiming for a laugh a minute.

Ronnie (Cross) is a serial pest. He is continually in trouble with the law, and is featured numerous times on a Cops-style show. Seeing the reaction that he receives on this show, a British producer (Odenkirk) recruits him to star in his own reality television program, in which he travels all across America, being arrested along the way, to the delight of his many fans.

Cross and Odenkirk clearly have friends in high places. The movie includes a song sung by Jack Black, and cameos by Jeff Goldblum, Ben Stiller, Kathy Griffin, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and others. These cameos leave a lot to be desired though, as most of them are not funny, they're just there as cameos rather than being used as opportunities for jokes. For a comedy, this seems a waste. Black, and possibly Goldblum, are the only ones who are used as the focus of jokes, the rest just play themselves fawning over Ronnie at parties.

Sometimes on sketch comedy shows, there's a character who is hilarious. You look forward to seeing this particular character each time you watch the show. But that doesn't necessarily mean that this one character can hold your interest for the length of a movie. Too many comedians make this mistake, and turn comedy gold into comedy lemons. This is how I feel about Run Ronnie Run!. I can see it being funny as a 2 minute sketch, but not as a feature movie. It could have been made better with more use of the cameos (more things like the Jack Black song), or even just by mixing it up a bit and having a little less focus on Ronnie for some of it. A mediocre comedy, at best.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 28 Jan 2004

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Reader comments

  1. amazing!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from kelsea w on Wed 24 May 2006 09:58 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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