Grand Theft Parsons (2004)



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One man goes above and beyond the call of duty (and possibly the limits of the law) to give a good friend the final send-off he wanted in this comedy drama, which was inspired by a true story. Phil Kaufman (Johnny Knoxville) is a self-described "road mangler" and "executive nanny" who minds the day-to-day business of a number of rock musicians, including the man he considers his best friend, country rock pioneer Gram Parsons (Gabriel Macht). Kaufman and Parsons share a deep love of the strangely … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug references and some language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeremy Drysdale
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 2004
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as Phil Kaufman

as Larry Oster-Berg

as Stanley Parsons

as Gram Parsons

as Radio Announcer

as Girl at Inn

as Crying Girl

as Music Expert

as TV Interviewer

as Nurse 2

as Truck Driver

as Undertaker

as Bank Manager

as Check-In Girl

as Girl in Line

as Mortuary Clerk

as P.J. Gambrell

as Official

as Plane Passenger

as Plane Passenger

as Uniform Cop

as Melon Lady

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Motorcycle Cop

as Polyonax Place Barma...

as Traffic Cop

as Handcuffed Felon
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Critic Reviews for Grand Theft Parsons

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

Inspired by a true story, pic travels down familiar genre highways, but quirky humor and an apt soundtrack make for a pleasant enough journey.

Full Review… | June 29, 2004
Top Critic

What could have served as a colorful episode in a more expansive film about the famed singer has instead become the premise of a mildly entertaining but overextended road movie that doesn't succeed on either dramatic or comedic terms.

June 29, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The Phil-Larry dynamic makes up most of the movie and the strain of turning an anecdote into an demi-epic can be felt throughout the movie.

Full Review… | June 19, 2004
Top Critic

Gram Parsons' last rites were among the most extraordinary in rock history. Too bad this retelling of the singer's final adventure is so tame.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A ho-hum, meandering road movie, albeit with an extremely cool soundtrack.

June 18, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

The script ... leaves a lot to be desired, strewn with dialogue as flat and stale as old beer and some invented characters who make the events depicted seem more silly than anarchic.

Full Review… | June 17, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Grand Theft Parsons

This should've been a great movie but it turned out to be so boing.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Typically when you see Johnny Knoxville, you think "Jackass." That's a shame because he does a great job acting in "Grand Theft Parsons," based on a true story about Phil Kaufman and Gram Parsons. If you love music, or perhaps get intrigued by hearses and mahogany coffins, check it out.

An insult to the legacy of Gram Parsons. The paper-thin plot is a given, but the final product is unlikable, never funny, and very cheaply produced. I don't mind Knoxville, but he's used as a puppet here, as are the fine supporting actors Michael Shannon and Robert Forster. I have no idea what Applegate was going for - she fails entirely.


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