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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.
Great music, fun performances, great line delivery.
Grosse Pointe Blank is darkly funny with sharp writing and a great story to back it up. Its got cult classic written all over it. I actually like Minnie Driver a lot more in this then i did in her nominated performance in Good Will Hunting
first re-watch in years. I'd forgotten just how enjoyable this is.
Excellent premise. Presentation is shaky at times with inconsistent tone. Tries to be a black comedy, but doesn't carry enough laughs to carry that title. Joan Cusack is great and so is the soundtrack. Still fairly enjoyable overall.
Wanna see more movies about assassins.
Caught me slightly off guard and it took me most of the movie to catch up. I think you're supposed to be on-board from the very beginning and just go with it but something about Joan Cusack (not John) didn't sit right with me at the very beginning and I couldn't tell what tone the film was trying to hit. I had it figured by the end I guess.
Really enjoyable. Deserves/needs a second viewing.
With a premise about a contract killer who goes to his 10 year high school reunion to patch things up with a former sweetheart, Grosse Pointe Blank (pun intended), had a lot of potential. John Cusack is solid, but Minnie Driver could have stood to keep her British accent which is more becoming. Otherwise her character is rather peculiar and not really in an interesting way.
Alan Arkin and Dan Aykroyd felt wasted and so the film felt a bit like a one trick pony. The soundtrack was fun and there were some funny bits in this black crime comedy, but probably not enough. Stick with Say Anything or Good Will Hunting and you will probably be more than content. That's my advice.
Professional hitman Martin Blank (John Cusack) attends his ten-year high school reunion, attempting to reconcile with Debi (Minnie Driver), the girl he ran out on ten years before.
Wryly humorous comedy. The mumbling Cusack who somewhat annoyed me in Say Anything wears better with me here, possibly because the particulars of his situation are more absurd this time around. Dan Aykroyd is terrific as a rival hitman. Loved the soundtrack!
Interesting take on the hitman trope.
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