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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.
Puto asco le tengo a John Cusack,,,Por su puta culpa hace que odie esta peli de George Armitage (Miami Blues) con una música eso si Cojonuda
Glad to see this movie is as fun in its tone as I remembered it being. I miss the John Cusack who gave a crap :(
I really enjoy this film the fact that has John Cusack, i love his comedic timing and he can keep up with the action, Minnie Driver is just beautiful in this film with decent acting skills imo, but having Dan Aykroyd as a villain is just phenomenal, the guy can be a good villain, im surprised.
Snappy banter, existential ponderings, shootouts, a killer soundtrack of 80's college rock, John Cusack at his absolute coolest, Minnie Driver at her most adorable, Jeremy Piven at his least obnoxious, the last gasp of funny Dan Aykroyd, and a great nervous supporting turn by Alan Arkin. Seriously, what's not to love? It's like a Cameron Crowe film with a body count, though that doesn't quite hit at what a unique beast this movie is. The flow of the dialogue just isn't quite like anything else I've heard, and the structure of it feels natural and heightened all at once. This is one of my all-time favorites. God, I miss the Cusack of this era. He made existential searching and insecurity somehow look so cool.
John Cusack and Minnie Driver are just too cute in this movie about a guy who disappeared at before his high school prom (leaving Minnie stranded!), only to return 10 years later to the high school reunion. Fun and crazy. I just can't seem to skip by too many Cusack movies while channel surfing...
Remember when Jeremy Piven was just that guy who was close friends with John Cusack?
Cusack doing his usual best as charming, tough and vulnerable. Driver doing her best, as beautiful, charming, tough and vulnerable.
What's not to like? It's fun. It's flawed and even predictable, but Cusack wills it to be more than the sum of its parts.
Use to watch this all the time. Still holds up.
Saw it a bit differently this time, though. He's the professional killer, and yet everyone he meets is crazier than he.
Absolutely one of my favourite films of all time. Beautifully judged.
"I'm not married, I don't have any kids... And I'd blow your head off if someone paid me enough."
Ah this film... I love it! It's full of great humour, unique characters, sharp writing and, of course, amazing performances from both leading and supporting actors.
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