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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'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…
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..
Film 15 of The June Challenge
"If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there."
This has John Cusack being the most cynical and sarcastic person alive, an unbelievably funny script, some brilliant shootouts and fight scenes and one of the best soundtracks in existance.
And a scene where they dispose of a body to '99 Luftballons'. Which manages to be the funniest part in an often hysterical movie. More films should have a scene like that.
Fun little crime rom-com with dark humor and some absurdist sensibilities. Some really sharp writing here and there but more than anything it's Cusack, Aykroyd, Arkin, and Joan Cusack that make this so enjoyable to watch. Pleasant soundtrack too that's overly-hip but thematically warranted.
"Some people say forgive and forget. I say forget about forgiving and just accept. And... get the hell out of town."
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Netflix told me to watch this. I did.
That's about my entire reaction to it. Cusack and Driver are both very fun, as are many of the supporting actors, but it definitely dragged on in a number of places, especially the ending. But the music is great, and Joan Cusack remains one of the funniest character actors working.
And there really should be more movies about anxiety-ridden assassins.
An impossible film for me not to love, even today seeing all of its inconsistencies and whatnot. There's just too many nostalgic moments and vintage Cusack-in-his-prime spots.
"I killed the President of Paraguay with a fork. How have you been?"
Gotta love those Cusacks. Also Aykroyd was great as a crazy person, maybe that's because he is one? (zing)
A forgotten 90s gem
The 90s was a great decade for comedies, you have movies such as The Big Lebowski, ace Ventura, Wayne's world and Tommy boy but I have to say that Grosse pointe blank has become undeservedly become forgotten and that's sad because this movie is pretty damn awesome. This movie has somewhat of a strange premise but with a lot of 90s movies it works really well. John Cusack has never been cooler, his character is just so interesting and Cusack's sarcasm and wit just makes his character memorable and badass. Minnie Driver also does a great job here as well as Cusacks love interest, she's just so likable and has such great chemistry with Cusack that…
Fun movie, pretty shallow and cheesy but entertaining and unique enough characters to stand out of the crowd.
I felt drained and sleep deprived after various work and social function combos kept me from my own comfortable bed for over two days. So, I picked a movie I thought would let me shut down the ol' noggin and zone out. Silly me! I couldn't stop myself from thinking critically if I was ossifying in an iron lung.
I remember this movie playing around the clock on Comedy Central back when I was a 'tween -- one of those innocuous pictures that I caught fragments of over time while channel surfing after school. I feel like I've seen it, but I never actually had the time or energy to sit down and watch it from beginning to end.
This is supposed to be cute and funny and dark and weird ... and it is ... but it lacks pacing, tone, and interesting cinematography. It also lacks a true, consistent sense of fun and excitement in the filmmaking all-together. Everything is presented blankly and bluntly, it's as if you're just supposed to be an audience member so shocked by the audacity of the notion of the romantic existential crises of a 28-year-old hitman attending his high school reunion, that that in and of itself justifies and exalts every other aspect of this.
Sadly -- as film as a medium has yet to collectively learn -- intentions do not justify worthiness or entertainment. Entertainment justifies entertainment. Worth justifies worth.
Starts out a bit slow, but picks up when Cusack's character arrives at Grosse Pointe for his 10 year reunion. I wish Minnie Driver was in more movies.
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