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..
(crossposted from my blog)
I've been meaning to see Grosse Pointe Blanke for like fifteen years, and never gotten around to it, so I'm very glad Ben suggested it for this challenge. I knew there was a crime-type element to it and that it was a black comedy, but that was about it - that's enough to catch my interest, frankly.
John Cusack is Martin Blank, a hitman who goes back to his 10-year high school reunion - he wants to catch up with an old girlfriend plus there happens to be a job there. Meanwhile, he's being hounded by his competitor Grocer (Dan Ackroyd), who wants him to join the new hitman union, and another hired assassin seeking retribution…
"They all have husbands and wives and children and houses and dogs, and, you know, they've all made themselves a part of something and they can talk about what they do. What am I gonna say? 'I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How've you been?'"
Damn near perfect but didn't quite stick the landing for me. Joan Cusack and Alan Arkin have a lot to play with here and THEY PLAY. This was fun. Great soundtrack, great title.
In a time when Hollywood has run of original ideas, it's inspiring to look at a time when it wasn't all remakes and sequels. Grosse Pointe Blank is a perfect example of an entertaining and different kind of action comedy starring John Cusack.
Cusack (who co-wrote the script with Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, and Steve Pink) stars as Martin Blank, a hit man who decides to return to his hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan for his high school reunion while completing a mission. While in Grosse Pointe, Blank decides to visit his old friends, including the girl he stood up on prom night (Minnie Driver) who has become a local radio DJ. Not to mention, his mother is ill and…
i was going to have this entry just say "killer soundtrack" before realizing what a terrible pun that is
Completely charming. This reminds you why Minnie Driver was the "it" girl if only for a short time.
Minnie Driver <3
Still a great movie. John Cusack is so great in this role.
I first discovered IMDB back in 1997. At the end of the year 1998 I printed off the Top 250…