Grand Theft Parsons 2009 PG-13

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(42) IMDb 6.1/10
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Johnny Knoxville shows off star power in his first leading role as the hard-drinking, motorcycle-riding rock 'n' roll manager Phil Kaufman.

Starring:
Jamie McShane, Johnny Knoxville
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Grand Theft Parsons

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Director David Caffrey
Starring Jamie McShane, Johnny Knoxville
Supporting actors Danielle Sapia, Gabriel Macht, Robert Alan Beuth, Sara Arrington, Scott Adsit, Mary Pat Gleason, David Caffrey, Alexa Sheehan, Wesley Mann, Marley Shelton, Christina Applegate, Jim Cody Williams, Kay E. Kuter, Brian Nahas, Shawna Casey, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Simone Hammond
Studio First Look Studios
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Someday, someone will make a decent movie.
P. OHARA
This lack of emotional substance, whether humorous or sober, sets the tone for a film that feels increasingly shallow, forced, and insincere.
Mark
This is seriously one of the worst movies I've ever seen, subject matter aside.
A. White

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Patton on January 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I'm a Grampire as well but folks have to realize that this is a movie - meant for entertainment. If folks are fans of Gram they should be happy that he even made it to the big screen outside short cameos in Gimme Shelter and The Trip. As for complaints that the movie lacked character development of Gram and Phil's relationship, well during the period of time the movie covered, Gram was dead and still is. Of course there were some licenses taken with the facts, but again, it's a movie. While I'm a Gram fan, I also realize that he is not so sacrosanct that there cannot be entertaining value to his legacy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P. Scully on June 28, 2005
Format: DVD
I never write reviews on Amazon, but was shocked that everyone but the spotlight reviewer panned this film. Though I can imagine skepticism would stem from Johnny Knoxville being in a movie were he had to act (since he is most famous for the Jacka** movie and TV Show) Knoxville turned in a great performance. He seemed at ease with the character and was able to subtly convey his lines. His understated approach to the part serves to contrast the absurd situation his character is in and lends realism to the film that would be lacking if Knoxville had tried to ham it up for more laughs. The scene where he tries to rent the hearse and can barely mask his anger at the hearse's drug addled owner's incompetence had me on the floor rolling with laughter. I wasn't familiar with actor Michael Shannon before this film but he does a great job as the owner of the hearse. His cartoonish over the top hippie was the perfect Ying to Knoxville's character's reserved Yang. (a point which Shannon's character cleverly brings up.)

As if great dialogue, suburb acting, and a yellow hearse with flowers painted on the side weren't enough to make you want to see this film immediately if not sooner; the sound track alone makes the movie worth watching, it uses a lot of Parson's songs but also other great songs from the era.

In the end this film goes beyond being a great comedy to become a great film. Having Gram Parson's father as a character added a lot of weight to the last half hour of the film, with Robert Forester conveying all the resignation, sadness, and guilt felt by his character his downtrodden facial expressions. This is a movie I would recommend to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By awholenewview on December 17, 2004
Format: DVD
Um, this ISN'T a film about Gram Parsons, and doesn't pretend to be. It seems to me that people who like the music of Gram Parsons wanted to see a biopic, and they don't like the fact that this is a comedy about what happened to Gram's body.

In fact, I'm not sure if some of the reviewers have actually seem the film. FYI, the guy with the beard is Phil Kaufman - Gram (seen in a dream sequence) actually doesn't have a beard in 'Grand Theft Parsons'.

If you're a 'Grampire', I suggest you give this movie a miss. If you like great fun road movies, pick up a copy and make your own mind up.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Thomas on August 31, 2004
Format: DVD
I saw this movie in London earlier this year and didn't know anything about the Gram Parsons story beforehand - the BBC biopic might go on to offer some straight facts - I don't care, this version delivered the coolest of lines and some very, very funny scenes.

Great performances, great script and the kind of 'feel good' that makes you laugh like you do with your best friends. This is a gem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tapebox on December 28, 2004
Format: DVD
It's not great. It's a pretty good movie that's worth a look.

Please note, as another reviews did, that this movie is not about Gram Parsons or his life. It's about Parson's manager Phil Kaufman and his reaction to Parson's death.

'Jackass' creator Johnny Knoxville did pretty good for himself here as Kaufman. Better than I expected him to. He might have a future beyond self-inflicted pain yet.

There's also an interesting bonus feature with the real Phil Kaufman telling the story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Billy Purdue on August 31, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie polarised reviewers. Those that wanted a Gram Parsons biopic didn't like it, because the film makers changed some details to make it work better as a movie. Those guys will be much happier with the BBC's biopic out next year.

Those that can accept that 'Grand Theft Parsons' uses one of the most famous of all rock 'n roll stories as a starting point for a terrific road movie just loved it. And I guess Amazon readers will be the same.

If you're a 'Grampire' and you want a documentary, then wait until the BBC one comes along.

If you want to kick back and watch a fun, touching and cool movie about responsibility and friendship, then I can't recommend this highly enough.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By sam on September 3, 2004
Format: DVD
Within this slightly amateurish movie is a cult classic screaming to get out. I was surprised it was made so recently as it already has the feel of a 1970's drug fuelled indulgent escapade.

The story is the journey, and yet despite this there is a sufficient denouement for it to not just fizzle out at the end; it's climax is touching rather than moving.

I imagine this film will be rediscovered one day, and I hope that time will be kind to it. There are some genuinely original and funny moments - quite Coen brothersesque at times. In fact, this film reminded me of The Big Lebowski in many ways, and this takes me back to my original point of it feeling like a better movie wanting to get out. See what you think...
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