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D: MIchael Mabbott; with Kris Kristofferson, Matt Murphy, Natalie Radford, Phil Kaufman, Rob Bowman, Donnie Fritts, Jane Sowerby, Merle Haggard

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Jim Jiblowski was a small-time country-singing fall-down drunk whom people wanted to hang out with because he scored $8 million in the lotto. Guy Terrifico was a big-time country-singing fall-down drunk that everybody wanted to hang out with because, well, they had been for so damn long. In this psuedo-documentary that chronicles the pitfalls of "giving 'em what they want," Terrifico embodies all your favorite country singers' pitfalls (think of Graham's drinking and Waylon's cocaine appreciation), only he's not Graham and he's not Waylon; he's just some fictional Ukranian kid from Northern Alberta who isn't doing anything anyone hasn't seen before. The best scenes are the star-sightings: Terrifico lovingly remembered by Kristofferson (the old footage showing him sheepishly accepting an award is priceless) and begrudgingly remembered by Haggard ("He was an asshole, so I hit him"), but they just don't quite carry the weight.

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