"Friendship is a two-way street."

There’s nothing terribly wrong with RON’S GONE WRONG.

I wanted to love this film. It has a lot going for it. From the social media is evil theme, to a b-bot robot reminding a human what it means to be… human. But, at times, RON’S GONE WRONG is like a browser history with too many saved cookies. I wanted to clear a few of them to focus on the friendship main storyline.

And that friendship between Ron (Zach Galifianakis) and Barney (Jack Dylan Grazer) is heartwarming. The basic set-up is a big tech company, Bubble, creates b-bot robots that become kids’ best friends based on their social profiles. This process works great, except that Barney doesn’t have any friends, nor a robot of his own. That is until his parents buy him a different robot named Ron, which might be different than the other b-bots. The differences that eventually define Barney and Ron’s friendship sing. Not literally, since RON’S GONE WRONG is not a musical, and Barney even states he doesn’t like them. 

I don’t want to burst anyone’s “Bubble,” but what doesn’t sing is most of the plot surrounding the social media company. Villians overrunning the B-plot happens a lot in films. The big bads get too much screen time, taking away from the sentimentality of the leads. At one hour and fifty minutes, there’s too much. By the time Ron and Barney literally get lost in the woods, I was expecting to be in the home stretch, but alas, there was one more twist to get through. 

RON’S GONE WRONG is a lesser version of THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES mixed with BIG HERO 6. But, despite that comparison, the film’s heart kept me watching to the end. And even though I might be a little harsher on this film, my nine-year-old stepson said, “I’ve only seen a few better movies in my life. It’s a 🤩.”

It’s available on Disney + and HBO Max. 

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud stepparent and dad joke enthusiast.

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