Grand Theft Parsons
Grand Theft Parsons tells the extraordinary tale of country-rock star Gram Parsons and the bizarre pact that he made with his enigmatic road manager Phil Kaufman. Though never hugely famous, he was nevertheless a huge influence on some of the biggest bands around at the time, including The Rolling Stones. It was through The Rolling Stones that Parsons came to meet the man who would eventually become his road manager and best friend, Phil Kaufman.
Grand Theft Parsons follows that journey across California, bringing to life one of rock 'n' roll's best, though largely untold, folklore tales. Johnny Knoxville does an admirable job in his first major film role as Phil Kaufman, portraying as he does a reasonably down to earth character who finds himself in a far from usual situation.
Perhaps understandably, Grand Theft Parsons doesn't make a lot of effort to do much other than rely on its strange but mostly true storyline. The result is a light-hearted and whimsical affair that puts across the friendship that resulted in one man stealing the body of his friend, rather than exploiting the story as the body-snatcher tale it could have been. All in all, Grand Theft Parsons is an enjoyable, humourous and watchable effort.