Ron's Gone Wrong - Movie Review and Home Release!

Ron's Gone Wrong - Image from 20th Century Studios

Best friends come in all shapes and sizes and that's never more true than in Ron's Gone Wrong.  If you missed Ron's Gone Wrong when it was in theaters, you can now tune it at home - on digital, DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra and Disney+.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I fell in love with Ron and Barney in this story. . .and both of my boys felt exactly the same way.  At 9, my oldest sometimes feels like he is "too old" now for animated films (WHAAAAAT?!? I'm 37 and not too old for animated films!), but even he was drawn on in immediately and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. 

Ron's Gone Wrong Movie Review

Ron's Gone Wrong works on so many levels for kids to enjoy.  First, it's a story about friendship.  Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer) is a 6th grader struggling with the common dilemma of middle school - how to fit in.  Feeling alone and the pangs of wanting to be like everyone else, Barney has a big wish for a B*Bot for his birthday - the latest tech gadget that every kid just has to have.  His well meaning father and grandmother do their best to make his dream come true, but the bot they buy in back alley, well, he isn't quite like everyone else's.  At first Barney works hard to make Ron (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) like the other bots, even going as far as talking about returning him for not being "normal," but it's when he learns to embrace Ron's uniqueness that their friendship really takes flight.  In the process, he learns a lot about what friendship really means.

Ron's Gone Wrong - Image from 20th Century Studios

Then there is the bigger underlying message that really spoke to me as a parent on the brink of a tween-ager.  There's a lot of social commentary on our reliance on modern tech.  The kids rely on their B*Bots - it's the crux of their entire social world.  You see in the movie the kids go through some pretty big emotions over likes, shares, and views.  There's also some interesting commentary from the tech company behind the B*Bots who talks about how they track the data from the kid's bots to use for their own purposes - some less than noble.  I'm not sure how much the kids picked up on this, but quite frankly, it was my favorite part of the movie.

Ron's Gone Wrong is an enjoyable film for the family.  It definitely has laugh out loud moments and relatable characters that children will enjoy with some meaningful commentary that will resonate with the grown-ups as well.

Ron's Gone Wrong Home Release

Ron's Gone Wrong - Image from 20th Century Studios

Ron's Gone Wrong may not be in theaters any more, but there is even more magic when you enjoy this movie at home.  You can now find Ron's Gone Wrong streaming on Disney+, available to purchase on digital, or you can grab a DVD, Blu-ray, or 4K Ultra HD copy!  When you own Ron's Gone Wrong, you can catch all of these great bonus features too!

  • A Boy and His B*Bot: When Jack Met Zach – Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer, the voices behind Ron and Barney, sit down to chat about a fun assortment of topics. From social media to skateboarding, the two actors from two very different generations tell us all about when Jack met Zach.
  • Making Ron Right  Join cast and crew behind the scenes as they reveal the skill, dedication and friendship it took to bring this film to life. From writing the script to the voice-over booth, Locksmith’s artisans detail how they made Ron right.
  • “Sunshine” Music Video  Song from the motion picture Ron’s Gone Wrong, performed by Liam Payne.

About Ron's Gone Wrong (From 20th Century Studios)

Things go hilariously awry when Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler, receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box.” In this action-packed animated story set against the backdrop of the social media age, a boy and his robot discover the wonderful messiness of true friendship.

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