Run Ronnie Run!

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Run Ronnie Run!
Release poster
Directed byTroy Miller
Written byDavid Cross
Bob Odenkirk
Scott Aukerman
B. J. Porter
Brian Posehn
Produced byTroy Miller
Mark Burg
Oren Koules
StarringDavid Cross
Bob Odenkirk
Nikki Cox
R. Lee Ermey
David Koechner
M.C. Gainey
Jill Talley
Ben Stiller
Jack Black
CinematographyShawn Maurer
Edited byDean Holland
Music byScott Aukerman
Eban Schletter
Distributed byNew Line Home Video
Release dates
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

Run Ronnie Run! is an American satirical comedy film directed by Troy Miller. The film is a spin-off inspired by David Cross's recurring character Ronnie Dobbs from the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show. David Cross plays the lead and multiple other roles, while Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk plays multiple supporting roles. The film was produced in 2001 and premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, before being released direct-to-video over 18 months later 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' 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, including Paul F. Tompkins as Safari Guy in TV, Brett Paesel as Infomercial Nancy, Brian Posehn as Tank, Patton Oswalt as Dozer, Sarah Silverman as a Network Executive, Jack Black as Lead Chimney Sweep, Mary Lynn Rajskub as herself, John Ennis as Bartender, Scott Adsit as a Police Negotiator, and Scott Aukerman as a Starving Kidnapper.

In addition to members of Mr. Show, other notable appearances include Dave Foley and Andy Richter as Network Executives, Jeff Garlin as Birthday Woman's Friend, Laura Kightlinger as Birthday Woman, Patrick Warburton as Head of Gay Conspiracy, Doug Benson as Editor #3, David Baddiel and Morwenna Banks as British Couple, and Rhoda Griffis as TV Anchorwoman.

Many well-known celebrities had brief cameos in the film, such as Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Ben Stiller, John Stamos, Rebecca Romijn, Garry Shandling, Scott Ian, Kathy Griffin, Scott Thompson, Mandy Patinkin, and Jeff Goldblum.


The film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.[1] 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 on director Troy Miller who, as Odenkirk claims, denied him and David Cross the right to do a final edit of the film.[2] Cross and Miller would later reunite when Miller was hired to direct several episodes of Arrested Development.


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 71% based on 7 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10.[3] Variety said the film failed "to sustain its initial burst of comic inspiration over the course of its feature-length running time."[4]


  1. ^ "Run Ronnie Run!". Sundance Film Festival. 2002. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  2. ^ Bob Odenkirk (as told to Henry Owings) (April 29, 2004). "Is Run, Ronnie, Run Overrated? You bet. Here's why". Chunklet. 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.
  3. ^ "Run Ronnie Run! (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 30, 2023.
  4. ^ Foundas, Scott (2002-01-12). "Run Ronnie Run!". Variety. Retrieved 2022-06-08.

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