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Ron's Gone Wrong

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated adventure explores friendship, tech use, bullying.

Movie PG 2021 106 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 10+

Lots of objectionable content in the first 20 mins - we turned it off

Our family (including 8yo) tried to watch this , and the adults ended up being offended and annoyed, feeling like this was a waste of energy. We turned it off early. It seemed to have a lot of promise at first, but the caricatures of the eastern euro family members (father and grandmother) were a bit much -- felt rather unkind vs. good natured humor -- and truth be told, were the factor that led us to turn it off. But there was plenty that led us to doubt the movie alongside that part. For example, the everybody-has-robots part and the glorification of the company who introduced it to the world is a satire on the way the modern world is, but for the audience of kids, it's presented as an accepted and acceptable norm. There were also some interactions that unnecessarily introduced concepts and language ahead of its time, for the 8yo. Yeah -- kids are actually mean in real life sometimes, and school can be a tough environment that is worth acknowledging and dealing with in stories... especially if kids are already familiar with it in real life. But, despite the promise of the high quality production and a rough understanding of it having decent ratings, too many wince-worthy moments within the first 20 minutes added up to a dud, for us.
6 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Too much exposure to cell phones, technology, fighting

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (36 ):

This animated tale is an entertaining mix of kid-friendly adventure, quirky buddy comedy, and cautionary schoolyard drama. Barney starts out as a somewhat sad character; he doesn't even hand out his birthday party invitations because he's sure no one will want to attend. Aside from Donka and his father, Barney's only "friend" is the family's goat. After Ron arrives, he quickly grows into the best friend Barney has longed for, because they're writing the rules for friendship together. Writer-director Sarah Smith (Arthur Christmas) again follows a clumsy but kind, lonely but lovable protagonist. She keeps the focus on Barney's family and friendships, even as Ron causes chaos when he inspires the other kids to instruct their B*Bots to rid themselves of their Bubble programming.

Kids will find Barney and Ron's partnership amusing, especially all the silly banter as they get to know each other. Galifianakis is ideally cast as Ron, with his voice performance making the dialogue even funnier. Colman stands out as Donka, who simultaneously dotes on Barney and encourages him to be self-sufficient. Her love of Old World cooking (she offers Barney tripe soup) and superstitions (she believes a relative died from a "demon inside a cashew" instead of a nut allergy) will endear her in particular to anyone with an immigrant grandparent. The incident with Barney's former friend, Savannah (Kylie Cantrall), who ends up a poop meme, shows how easy it is for someone's social media presence to turn ugly. But the "big reveal" about companies wanting access to kids for their marketing power shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's gotten a merchandise tie-in or watched kids' programming with ads. Ultimately, the movie's technology messages are important, but even more vital are the reminders about the importance of unconditional friendship and close family bonds.

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