Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Grosse Pointe Blank



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Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) is only in his late 20s but has already risen to the top of his profession as a paid assassin. Since his CIA days, he has been a free-lance killer for big corporations and did not mind the work until recently. His rival Mr. Grocer (Dan Aykroyd) keeps pressuring Martin to team up with him, but the depressed young killer isn't sure he wants to continue his job, let alone form a partnership. Martin sees psychoanalyst Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin) and tells him more than he … More

Rating: R (For strong violence, language and some drug content.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Tom Jankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 1998
Buena Vista Internationa


as Martin Blank

as Debi Newberry

as Mr. Grocer

as Dr. Oatman

as Marcella

as Paul Spericki

as Steven Lardner

as Ken McCullers

as Bob Destepello

as Bob Destepello

as Felix La PuBelle

as Bert Newberry

as Mary Blank

as Dan Koretsky

as Ultimart Carl

as Doctor Oatman's Pati...

as Husky Man

as Dan Koretsky

as Melanie The Waitress

as Mrs. Kinetta

as Nathaniel

as Terry Rostand

as Jenny Slater

as Eckhart

as Bartender

as Dr. Oatman's Patient

as Bicycle Messenger

as Assassin

as Assassin
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Critic Reviews for Grosse Pointe Blank

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (22)

Despite some early indications from the two Cusacks and Arkin that it's going to be funny, it winds up an unholy mess that becomes steadily more incoherent -- morally, dramatically, and conceptually.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cusack is charming and assured in the film.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

For what is essentially a one-joke movie, this has an awful lot going for it.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[John] Cusack could not possibly have more perfect timing, and [Minnie] Driver could not be a better foil.

Full Review… | March 1, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Quirky mix of laughs, romance, strong violence.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Common Sense Media

With its darkly comic sensibilities and morally flawed protagonists, this won't be to everyone's taste, but those who can get on its wavelength will appreciate the savory witticisms and dryly acute observations.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Grosse Pointe Blank

John Cusack at his best. One of the best actors of his generation.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


This sick, twisted little comedy is sweet in many ways and yet demented in all the ways that matter. The premise revolves around John Cusack as a hit man (so believable) going back to his ten year reunion in Michigan, and he gets back together with his ex-girlfriend. I will say that the chemistry between Cusack and Driver is off the charts, and in the end I actually found them to be a very cute couple. Though there's an evolution for Cusack's character, I still didn't see the awe factor in the grand romantic gesture. He is a trained, government employed killer! I don't want quirky, doe-eyed Driver ending up with someone who will be hunted down later in life, their happy ending nothing but a far off mirage in the dust! When it plays into its dark humor, Cusack works incredibly well as an everyman. Still, trying to get us, the audience, to sympathize with you when you've killed how many hundreds of people? That's stretching my imagination a little too thin.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


This pet project for star, co-writer, and producer John Cusack follows Martin Blank- a former CIA operative turned freelance assassin. He's generally good at his job, and it pays well, but lately his game has been a bit off, and he's starting to tire of it. Following the advice of his secretary and his nervous psychiatrist, he is urged to take a final job in his old hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Incidentally, the time of the job coincides with his 10 year high school reunion, and, while he's not exactly excited about it, this gives him the opportunity to tie up loose ends with his past, namely reconciling with his school love whom he stood up on prom night and hasn't seen since. On top of all of that, he's got people out to kill him, and is being hounded by his persistent arch rival hitman who has an enticing business offer, and won't take no for an answer.

Man, for a romantic action comedy, that sure is one hefty plot! Thankfully the film goes down quite easy, and doesn't end up being quite as laborious and complicated as I've no doubt made it sound. It's breezy, funny (sometimes downright hilarious), quite charming, and feverishly entertaining. Yeah, there's a lot of cliched stuff going on here, but it blends together pretty decently, even though the film could have probably found a way to end that didn't involve delving into a typical action movie climax.

It does have a quite snazzy soundtrack though, and the score was done by Joe Strummer, so that's all awesome. John Cusack delivers a typically solid performance full of his trademark mix of charm, likability, and neuroses. His sister Joan is a scene stealing riot as the secretary, Alan Arkin is a lot of fun as the psychiatrist, Dan Aykroyd is wickedly funny as Martin's rival, and then finally we have Minnie Driver as the old flame Debi. A lot of people seem to not like her, but I think she's a decent actress, fairly attractive, and does decently here as the spurned woman with an understandable grudge.

The film really isn't groundbreaking, but it is quite well played and never dull. It's primarily a comedy, but the action is done decently too, with my favorite setpiece being the amazingly funny shootout at a convenience store.

Overall, this is a nice little entertaining gem. It's definitely a quirky 90s movie, and though it is flawed, it's still an enjoyable ride.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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