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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 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).…
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…
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…
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…
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..
No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for MONEY. It's a JOB. That didn't come out right.
Quite possibly my favorite John Cusack comedy and considering his filmography that's saying something. It's a great black comedy with fantastic dialogue and a great premise.
The cast is fantastic too. John Cusack and Minnie Driver have great chemistry together on screen. From the moment they see each other you feel there's a connection there with history behind it. Dan Aykroyd is the best and most frantic he's been since the 80s. Alan Arkin is hilarious as Marty's psychiatrist. Finally Joan Cusack's telephone conversations with Marty are one of the films many highlights.
You add a fantastic soundtrack to the mix and the film ends up with a near perfect tone of comedy balanced with occasional violence.
I was told that Benny The Jet, the man that has had two awesome fight scenes with Jackie Chan in Meals On Wheels and Dragons Forever, was in this film. So I jumped at the chance to watch it. And I'm glad I did.
John Cusack plays a hitman who returns to his hometown to attend a high school reunion. He sees his former love Minnie Driver and rekindles his romance with her. But little did he know that he was followed by fellow assassin Dan Aykward!
Cue hilarity such as supermarket shoot outs, cafe confrontations and high school reunion violence! Benny The Jet did not disappoint, and John Cusack was fucking brilliant throughout.
Minnie Driver kept reminding me of that segment on Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge where she was a transsexual columnist, and Partridge told her that she could be a goalkeeper.
Overall, this film was great.
A movie I have seen repeatedly...comedy, action, romance, quatable dialogue...it has it all. One of my favorite John Cusack movies and he has great chemistry with Minnie Driver. Fun movie.
Fun comedy that features a surprisingly cool fight scene and an awesome last ten minutes. Plotwise meh but driven well by the script and cast yar.
Something for everyone in this movie.
this movie is the realest
I know, I know--just out of the gate on this them, and I'm already "cheating." This movie came out in the late nineties, it's set in the nineties, and it has very late nineties sensibilities. It's about a guy returning home (for the first time since he left) for his ten-year high school class reunion (class of 1986). It has a pretty fantastic eighties soundtrack. And it plays out a lot like the story of a brat-packer growing up to be a hit man. Furthermore, as a friend pointed out as we were watching it, it's like a love letter to the John Cusack of the 1980's. What audiences like about his demeanor and line delivery in earlier films feels…
Another one of those films that I really enjoyed a decade or so ago but, save for the occasional set-piece (almost always involving Dan Aykroyd or Alan Arkin) it's not nearly as much fun as I remember.
This is a pretty fun film that I somehow managed to have missed before. It's very "moviey" like in that the way the characters are and interact and the dialogue are totally non-naturalistic. That said I'm totally fine with it. The story is fun and engaging and I love John Cusack for some reason.
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