Run Ronnie Run!

Run Ronnie Run!

Release poster
Directed by Troy Miller
Produced by Troy Miller
Mark Burg
Oren Koules
Written by David Cross
Bob Odenkirk
Scott Aukerman
B. J. Porter
Brian Posehn
Starring David Cross
Bob Odenkirk
David Koechner
Jill Talley
Ben Stiller
Jack Black
Music by Scott Aukerman
Eban Schletter
Cinematography Shawn Maurer
Edited by Dean Holland
Distributed by New Line Home Video
Release dates
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Run Ronnie Run! is an American comedy film & a spin-off inspired by the HBO sketch comedy show Mr. Show. The recurring character Ronnie Dobbs (David Cross) is the focal point of the movie. It was directed by Troy Miller.[1] While the film was produced in 2001 it was released direct-to-video in 2003.


Ronnie Dobbs (David Cross)—a redneck petty criminal whose hijinks are caught on tape by a Cops-like television show called Fuzz—is noticed by failing infomercial personality/inventor Terry Twillstein (Bob Odenkirk), who notices Dobbs's popularity with lowbrow viewers. He promotes the idea for a Ronnie Dobbs show to television executives entitled "Ronnie Dobbs Gets Arrested" in which Ronnie is arrested in a different city each week. The show becomes a phenomenal success leading to a level of fame & fortune that dramatically changes Dobbs' life.


Many of the regular cast members of Mr. Show made appearances in the film, such as Jill Talley as Dobbs's occasional wife. Unlike on Mr. Show, where they each played a wide variety of characters in each episode, Odenkirk and Cross portrayed a single character throughout the film, with the exception of a brief appearance by R&B duo Three Times One Minus One. Jack Black starred as a chimney sweep who sings "The Golden Rule Song".

Many well known celebrities had brief cameos in the film, such as Trey Parker, Matt Stone, John Stamos, Rebecca Romijn, Ben Stiller, Jeff Goldblum, Blaine Cartwright, Mandy Patinkin, David Baddiel, Jeff Garlin, Scott Ian & Kathy Griffin.


The film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.[2] Bob Odenkirk initially publicly criticized the film’s studio (New Line Cinema) and even went as far as releasing the personal email addresses of Robert Shaye (Chairman) and other principals of New Line Cinema to his fans in an effort to get the film released. He later went on to blame the film’s failure to director Troy Miller who, as Odenkirk claims, denied him and David Cross the right to do a final edit of the film.[3] Cross and Miller would later reunite when Miller was hired to direct several episodes of Arrested Development.


The film was reviewed favorably by most critics, but was dismissed by others including those in Mr. Show’s fan base, most likely based on Odenkirk's comments. Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 75% fresh rating. Bob Odenkirk has been outspoken about his dissatisfaction with the edit, while David Cross has stated it is ultimately the film that they wrote.

See also


  1. "Run Ronnie Run!". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. "Run Ronnie Run!". Sundance Film Festival. 2002. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  3. Bob Odenkirk (as told to Henry Owings) (April 29, 2004). "Is Run, Ronnie, Run Overrated? You bet. Here's why.". Chunklet (magazine). Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2013-06-02. Look, people are angry at New Line. Don't be angry at New Line. The only thing New Line did “wrong” was not defend us. But in their defense, they didn't know who we were! ... On the other hand, the person to blame is the director, who knew us, and knew how important we were to our own comedy, and chose to freeze us out, hold us at arm's length and not let us influence the movie nearly on the scale that we should have.
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