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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.
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).…
Cusack at his finest and most sardonic, Minnie Driver at her most gorgeous, and the blackest black comedy about a professional killer the cinema has ever seen. Great soundtrack, Dan Aykroyd at his most fun since Ghostbusters, and the best ever kill with a ballpoint. A modern cult classic.
Nearly perfect, so much better than all its indie/edgy '90s brethren. Mini Driver is a 10.
i love this movie more than i love myself
A lot funnier than I remembered!
Several years ago I was making a trip through John Cusack's filmography as I often do when an actor peaks my radar; I can't just casually like someone I must see everything they've ever done. Sadly, I missed Grosse Pointe Blank. the 1997 film directed by George Armitage boasts Minnie Driver and Alan Arkin along with John Cusack, telling the story of a hitman returning home for his 10-year high school reunion. Dealing with the existential crisis of appearing like he hasn't done anything with his life due to the secretive nature of his business, Cusack's Martin Q. Blank must return to his hometown where he left a certain heart-related matter unfinished.
Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) is a hitman,…
Highly enjoyable black romantic comedy. Cusack being Cusack. Killer soundtrack.
PS - Hey Jenny Slater
The reunion is so hectic and I absolutely love it. Also the soundtrack is killer.
It's not the greatest movie ever made. But it's my favourite.
Cusack has arguably never been better, while the loony, wry, and just-a-little-bit-sad story of a man who never felt at home in his home, his skin, or his life spoke to me at a molecular level that I didn't fully appreciate as a 16-year-old.
While I never personally imagined I'd end up as a CIA spook _exactly_, the idea of stepping away from where you grew up and not looking back was a powerful one to teenaged Liam.
There are perfect moments of absurdity and humour ("Well that's not technically an omelet..." "Look, I don't want to get in a semantic argument over it, I just want the protein."…
Fun, absurd movie. Reeks of 90s
john cusack IS martin blank!!!!!!
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