Grand Theft Parsons
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Grand Theft Parsons
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 beautiful deserts of California's Joshua Tree Park, and the two made a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Inspired by a true story, pic travels down familiar genre highways, but quirky humor and an apt soundtrack make for a pleasant enough journey."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Don't let Knoxville's Jackass pedigree put you off - he can be subtle as well as gross."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"What I responded to most about Grand Theft Parsons is that it tells the story without excess sentimentality...a funny, engaging movie that's worth seeking out."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"It's an aggravating film that seems content to skim the surface before folding up its tent after a scant 88 minutes."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A ho-hum, meandering road movie, albeit with an extremely cool soundtrack."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"there are worse ways to pay respect to music legends"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Grand Theft Parsons showcases some of Parsons's songs, but ... in the end it is a tribute to a man who stayed true to his word."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Parsons' memory deserves a better movie than this."
‑ , E! Online
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"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."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"a sad joke without a solid punchline"
‑ James Brundage,
"A dramatically inert buddy-road picture that's too shapeless to ever click."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Caffrey keeps the energy level high, and has populated the supporting roles with the most comical-looking character types ever assembled outside of a David Lynch film."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Los Angeles CityBeat
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