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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…
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.
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..
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).…
As professional assassin Martin Blank (John Cusack) experiences a personal midlife crisis and a professional crisis with his chief rival, Grocer (Dan Aykroyd), his therapist (Alan Arkin) suggests he attend his tenth high school reunion where he rekindles a romance with Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver). Unfortunately, Martin's next target is Debi's father.
Aykroyd has been in some of the most iconic and beloved films, but Grocer, the nonchalant assassin, is his best work in years.
I'm on the fence about John Cusack. Being John Malkovich (1999) is one of the only times where I didn't feel like he was trying too hard.
Joan Cusack is fine in supporting roles like Blank's secretary Marcella, but when given a larger part, she's…
For such a unique premise, this really doesn't do a lot in general. The two elements never quite come together and the romantic charm is kinda undone by the unsuccessful mixing of the action comedy. Didn't really laugh, wasn't all that entertained, but wasn't bad, and the soundtrack is ace.
Having now seen this at least a dozen times since 1997 I think it's safe to assume this is one of my all time favorite movies.
Great script, great acting, fucking amazing soundtrack, it's the John Cusack movie that should get more love than something like High Fidelity.
This is one of my all-time favourite films. It is John Cusack’s best ever performance as the highly strung, stressed out yet very professional hit man, Martin Q. Blank. With its splendid soundtrack, this film is funny & fresh with an amazing pairing of Minnie Driver and John Cusack. When on screen together they’re electric. Look out for Dan Aykroyd as the ultra-competitive and underhand professional killer, Grocer, he is surprisingly back on top form in this film.
Martin goes on a job in Grosse Pointe which just happens to be his old high school town. Coincidentally he’s just in time for his 10 year high school reunion where he meets all his old class mates.
Quirky, cool, funny and full of action - Grosse Pointe Blank is not to be missed.
This will always be one of my favorites. I know it isn't perfect.
Say Anything and High Fidelity meets In Bruges. An edgy premise for a feel good movie is deliciously embraced with inspired writing and flagrant charisma. Cusack is on top of his game on this one. He delivers his classic mannerisms as well as some pivotal emotional moments that serve notably right for a well-developed character's arc. The supporting cast is nothing short of amazing, featuring ridiculously charming and enjoyable performances from Arkin, Aykroyd, an almost definitely high Ari Gold and freckled dark-curly-haired Rose Tyler. There's also a really kickass soundtrack. Blatantly rewatchable.
I've recently had a thing for 90's films and this is definitely one of the better ones.
The concept is great and before watching would make you think that there was a real serious thriller feel to it. But not all. Witty, well executed scenes combines with some light gore makes it almost feel like a spoof that went terribly right.
Even the peak of the film makes it have a very unserious feel to it. John Cusack is great, Aykrowd is a good villain. Minnie Driver is charmingly sweet as well as her screen father. He Got me at "He got my blessing." LOL.
One of the best from the 90's
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