GRAND THEFT PARSONS
Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate, Robert
Forster, Michael Shannon, Marley Shelton
Director: David Caffrey
Video: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Surround
Features: See Review
Length: 88 Minutes
Release Date: October 26, 2004
What do you get, when you’ve got one dead singing legend,
a psycho ex-girlfriend, and the cops breathing down your neck?
Grand Theft Parsons, of course!
Gram Parsons was a rock ‘n’ roll legend, emphasis on
the, “was,” portion of that statement, due to the fact that he is now dead!
Phil Kaufman, is a hard-drinking, motorcycle-riding, rock ‘n’ roll
manager. He parties harder
than the rockers he represents.
When Gram kicks the bucket, Phil kicks it into high gear
and steals the body in order to make sure that Joshua Tree is Gram’s final
resting place. After all, that is
what he promised him he would do, and Kaufman is not about to break any
This film is very dark from beginning to end.
The comedy flows very well from scene to scene as Phil is chased by not
only the police, but also by Gram’s father, and his psycho ex-girlfriend Betty
Okay, first and foremost, I believe all films should be
approached with an open mind. Along
that same vein, I believe that all actors, despite previous film/TV appearances,
should be graded by each individual role they take on.
Case in point, it is not fair to try and compare Anna
Paquin from her role in The Piano to the Anna Paquin, playing the part of
Rogue in the X-Men movies. She’s
grown as a person, and changed as an actress, so unless I’m grading on a HUGE
curve, I have to take each role as it comes and give acting credits and merits
when they are due for each individual role!
I can’t let previous films color my opinion of an actor or actress.
So it was with an open mind, that I popped in Grand
Theft Parsons. By the end of
this film, I had found Christina Applegate, who by my estimation is ready for
that really big leading lady role whenever Hollywood gets its head on straight,
and a new perspective on the actor known as Johnny Knoxville.
I have been watching Christina Applegate for a long time.
Her most memorable/well known role was her part as ditzy bombshell Kelly
on the Fox sitcom Married With Children.
However, Christina has 31 guest appearances to her credit, and 34 movie
credits, along with some executive producing nods that a lot of people out there
might not know about. She’s
run the acting gambit, and has yet to find that one role that will take her out
of the shadows and into the spotlight.
I can’t say that Grand Theft Parsons is that film.
However, what I can say is that this movie proves that she’s got the
talent, and she’s ready! So come
on Hollywood, give her the nod already!
My only exposure to Johnny Knoxville was to my knowledge in
the movie Jackass. I wasn’t a fan of the movie, and had no real
reaction to Mr. Knoxville or his acting abilities.
However, this film shows he does have depth and acting skills that go way
beyond what I had seen from him before. In
a few more years, with a few more films under his belt, he will provide us all
with some good quality entertainment…I hope!
This movie is, as scary as this might seem, based on a true
story. I can’t even fathom how
something this dark, and funny could actually happen, but hey, life, like the
movies, is always full of surprises.
The video quality on this DVD didn’t steal my breath away! There was quite a bit of visible dirt to the print. The 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen presentation was nice, but soft around the edges in some scenes.
The overuse of natural shadows for shading some scenes was
not (in my humble opinion) the best production decision.
Overall, this DVD could have benefited from better
lighting, and a cleaner print.
This movie was featured in Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
This DVD contains a pretty decent mix, with only a few minor flaws.
The audio levels seemed to jump around a bit at first, but they leveled
off after a few minutes. The
dialogue was sometimes hard to hear because of sound effects, which could have
been caught during the original mix down. All together, not an awesome display
of sound quality, but good none the less.
Some deleted scenes, along with cast and crew interviews,
are the only extras these Parsons left behind!