Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

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Martin Blank (John Cusack) is a depressed, moralistic hitman. He has a psychiatrist who doesn't want to see him and a profession he's stuck in. Then comes a notice about his ten year high-school reunion in Grosse Pointe and his secretary convinces him to go. Most painful about Grosse Pointe is the girl he left behind on prom night, Debi (Driver). Also creating current problems is an anarchistic hitman called The Grocer (Aykroyd) who wants to start a hitman union and one way or another, he wants Blank to join. Blank refuses so Grocer sics a couple Federal agents on his tail who follow him everywhere. As Martin tries to patch things up with the expectedly angered Debi, other hitman come gunning for him and he runs into old pals, finding out where they are ten years later. This is a high-concept black comedy that just doesn't quite make it. Granted, it does have some very humorous moments and some very original scenes, but there just aren't enough of them and ulitimately it feels like there was a lot of missed jokes that could have been used. The hitman plot is also played a lot more than the reunion plot which doesn't show up until the final third of the movie, and only for a brief period. Cusack fits very nicely into the role of a yuppie hitman and plays it very well which makes the film fun to watch.
Rating:
R (For strong violence, language and some drug content.)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Buena Vista Internationa

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Cast

John Cusack
as Martin Blank
Jeremy Piven
as Paul Spericki
Joan Cusack
as Marcella
Minnie Driver
as Debi Newberry
Barbara Harris
as Mary Blank
Dan Aykroyd
as Mr. Grocer
Alan Arkin
as Dr. Oatman
Hank Azaria
as Steven Lardner
K. Todd Freeman
as Ken McCullers
Steve Pink
as Terry Rostand
Bobby Bass
as Assassin
Wendy Thorlakson
as Melanie The Waitress
Colby French
as Bartender
Doug Dearth
as Eckhart
Bill Cusack
as Waiter
Mitchell Ryan
as Bert Newberry
Pete Antico
as Assassin
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Kinetta
Michael Cudlitz
as Bob Destepello
Benny Urquidez
as Felix La PuBelle
Pat O'Neill
as Nathaniel
David Barrett
as Bicycle Messenger
D.V. DeVincentis
as Dan Koretsky
K.K. Dodds
as Tracy
Brian Powell
as Husky Man
Sarah DeVincentis
as Dr. Oatman's Patient
Traci Dority
as Jenny Slater
Audrey Kissel
as Arlene
Duffy Taylor
as Ultimart Carl
Sara Devincentis
as Doctor Oatman's Patient
Michael Cuditz
as Bob Destepello
Lance A. Gilbert
as Assassin
D. V. DeVincentis
as Dan Koretsky
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Critic Reviews for Grosse Pointe Blank

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (18)

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 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A soggy, all-over-the- place mess.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain. For that, we can thank the writers.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Grosse Pointe Blank

A good time at the movies in this fantasy where a hit man goes home to his 10 year high school reunion and the girl he left behind. Nothing serious here, just a fun date movie with loads of danceable 80's songs as well as shootouts wherein the characters insult each other while trying to kill the other: always fun.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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