Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Grosse Pointe Blank
Even a hit man deserves a second shot.
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
John Cusack's heyday was definitely back in the eighties and nineties. He had wit, caustic and sarcastic that always made for excellent viewing, but lately the killer roles that endeared him to millions have dried up. Gone are the days of Lloyd Dobler, Walter Gib Gibson, and The Grifters' Roy Dillon. Those were all characters we loved and rooted for, but Martin Blank for me is the one unmissable role in Cusack's sometimes patchy filmography.
As a contract killer working through his issues with a psychiatrist who doesn't want to treat him, Cusack's Martin Blank is a complex character. After a botched assignment leaves him forced into a job near his former home town, he decides to face up to…
Unlike his classmates, who became respected professionals, Martin Blank (Cusack) found a lucrative career as a professional killer, but things are not what they were and Martin faces an uncertain future. Now he is back to his homeland, Grosse Pointe, to the party of former high school classmates, and to complete one last "job" and try to win back the love of the girl who he took to the prom (Minnie Driver). Grosse Pointe Blank is a deadly black comedy filled with action and laughter.
Grosse Pointe Blank has repeatedly been compared to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and even though they are both crime comedies, I don't feel the comparison has been justified. Obviously, the film's style is similar to…
At some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m probably going to get an invite to my high school reunion. I’m already dreading it. The only things that will have changed about me will be the colour of my hair and my eyesight. I’ll still be the bitter misanthrope I was in 2009. I’ll still be socially inept, I’ll still have a burning hatred for the majority of my classmates and I’ll still be able to drink every last one of them under the table. That or I’ll be dead, in which case I won’t have to attend the sodding thing in the first place. Either way, I won’t be able to tell them that I’ve spent the last ten…
I've had some movie star crushes over the years, but Minnie Driver in Grosse Point Blank is right up among the biggest of them. That hair, that smile, those lips as she speaks into that microphone, God she was sexy in this. Cusack does his usual, black suit, sunglasses, and coolness personified. With whip-smart dialogue, this is darkly comic, violent, and romantic, all in one brilliantly sound-tracked slice of greatness. Dan Aykroyd, Jeremy Piven, Alan Arkin, and Hank Azaria also buy into George Armitage's quest for laughs amid contract-killers and High School Reunions.
John Cusack improbably pulls off the affable moral bankruptcy/dilemma of his character in this quintessentially 1990s Pulp Fiction-"cool"-derivative romcom, and that improbably makes me like this much more than I think it deserves. It sets up a string of fun ideas that it never quite follows through on, including its central premise--yes, the hitman attends the high school reunion, but the enormous amount of hijinx available to that premise are only barely addressed. And the ending feels wholly unearned.
And yet, Cusack's central performance is so delightful, even when he's just talking to himself, that it's vey watchable. Driver manages a few fine moments with the few solid moments she's given (taking Marty to task on air being the highlight).…
Officially the 4th best movie ever made.
Well, sadly not officially.
If ever a film has blossomed from the Internet revolution it' Grosse Point Blank. Released in 1997 to almost zero fanfare, it went largely unnoticed for nearly a decade. Rightly though, I now believe it to have a pretty large following of diehard fans.
Simple because it is brilliant.
Everything, about Grosse Point Blank is brilliant.
It is one of the true delights of 90's American cinema. Essentially a romantic comedy, and essentially a one joke comedy at that, it is unrivalled in its slickness, frequently clever, and very funny.
With a soundtrack by Joe Strummer also, there is so much going for this movie.
I cannot recommend it enough.
It's only flaw is its awkward title..
This movie is a high school guidance counselor's worst fear! For everyone else...
it's a cute, satirical rom-com with murder.
GPB gets more enjoyable with repeat viewings and has the *best* Dan Ackroyd facial expressions I've seen in a movie to date!
It was nice to see this on tv last night and revisit it properly. A film I've seen before and seen bits of on several occasions since but I don't think I truly appreciated it properly until last night.
John Cusack is on top form here and I may not have seen Minnie Driver in much but I really liked her here. Just my kind of humour and very well written with moments of unpredictability, a rarer commodity these days. Plus who couldn't love Joan Cusack as his assistant?!
Sympathisches Klassentreffen der Auftragskiller. Zum ganz großen Wurf setzt der Film aber nicht an.
This really shouldn't work at all, but it gets by as an inconsequential, goofy genre blend that doesn't take itself too seriously and boasts a sweet soundtrack.
Film #20/Task #20
A film starring one or more members of the regular Simpsons voice cast (not The Simpsons Movie)
Hank Azaria doesn't have a big role in this film, but I think he's a very talented comedic actor. He knows just how much spotlight to steal without forcing the film to focus on him.
Meanwhile, we get to see the Rom/Com-focused version of a Bourne movie, basically. John Cusack is solid. I love Minnie Driver. And Dan Aykroyd is the craziest casting choice for his role but it kind of actually works. Plus a great soundtrack and fun hi-jinks make this pretty enjoyable.
This movie gets almost a total free pass with me.
The movie has a lot of problems - some scenes are completely unnecessary (Joan Cusack berating someone on the phone), some scenes just flat out don't work (the radio interview scene) and there are some major comedy misfires.
But I love it anyway. The cast is fantastic, it's probably John Cusack's best character and performance, Dan Aykroyd is hilarious in every scene, the reunion scenes are perfect and the dialogue is fantastic when it comes together.
And it's got Alan Arkin - so what more do you need?
old person voice: they just don't make 'em like this anymore
I just find it amusing that you came from somewhere.
The very existence of Grosse Point Blank is interesting to me as is seems to exist in some weird sub-category of films that aren't big enough to have cult followings but are too idiosyncratic to be recognized within a mainstream context. I think part of the reason it's stuck in this definition defiant category is because of how tonally inconsistent it is. At its core it's a romantic comedy, but it also toys around with black comedy, action, and high school/coming-of-age drama ideals. While genre blending isn't inherently a bad thing, if not done right it could make a film a total mess. Thankfully Grosse Point Blank juggles its genres with care and the end result is a fairly enjoyable…