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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Cast: John Cusack, John Cusack, Minnie Driver, more...
Director: George Armitage, George Armitage
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Comedies, Black Comedy, Romantic Comedy, SNL Alums
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Most people have trouble deciding what to say when they're asked what they've been doing with their lives at a High School reunion, but Martin Blank (as played by John Cusack) has a different problem than most -- he has to make his career sound less interesting than it actually is. Martin is a former CIA operative who is now a freelance hit man, making good money for killing people he doesn't know. However, Martin's game has been a bit off lately; he's no longer happy in his work, and both his secretary Marcella (Joan Cusack) and his psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin), who is more than a bit nervous about having a hired assassin as a patient, think that Martin should accept an offered assignment in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, his old home town, which would conveniently coincide with his ten year high school reunion. While in Grosse Pointe, Martin discovers that his high school sweetheart, Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), is still living in town, and still holds a grudge against him for standing her up on prom night. While Martin tries to sort out his past and tie up loose ends with Debi (whom he still loves), he discovers someone in Grosse Pointe is out to kill him; he's also confronted by the highly unstable Mr. Grocer (Dan Aykroyd), a fellow hit man who wants Martin to join forces with him and form a union and isn't keen on taking no for an answer. Grosse Pointe Blank was a pet project for star John Cusack, who co-wrote the screenplay and also served as co-producer. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A giant turd by Sujata May 2, 2006 - 8:38 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie has a talented cast: the Cusack siblings, Minnie Driver, Hank Azaria, and it takes them all and flushes them down the cinematic toilet. This movie is not funny, though it's supposed to be a comedy. It's supposed to be a romance, though there is absolutely no chemistry between the two leads. It often looks like they're sleepwalking through their lines, when they'd rather be doing something more exciting like watching paint dry. Probably Cusack's worst performance and one of the worst movies I've ever had the misfortune to grit my teeth through. Pathetic.

Quirky John Cusack by calvindoth March 2, 2002 - 2:59 PM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Like most of John's early movies, this one is quirky too. If you like One Crazy Summer or Better off Dead you will like this one too

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