Grand Theft Parsons (2003, USA/GBR) C-88m. ** D: David Caffrey. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate, Marley Shelton, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Gabriel Macht. When (real-life) country rock pioneer Gram Parsons dies of an overdose, Knoxville, his road manager, must fulfil his promise to burn him among the Joshua Trees in Nevada. For that matter he steals his coffin with hippie Shannon's funeral car. Not the mad-cap comedy that this sounds like, much too self-conscious and inappropriately scored. Black humor does results in a few chuckles. The real Phil Kaufman appears at the end coming out of the police station.

© Ron Altman