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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 66
- Fresh: 52
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Directed jauntily by George Armitage, it has the jokey, winsome tone of his earlier Miami Blues and enough wild-card energy to keep it bright and surprising.
Fresh: A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.
Fresh: Cusack is charming and assured in the film.
Rotten: A soggy, all-over-the- place mess.
A Cusack Classic
Marking a new phase in Cusack's career this flick did mediocre at the box office but has goen on to cult status on home video. It's a hilarious script cowritten by John and some of his hometown Chicago friends (who later went on to the fanatastic adaptation of High Fidelity). With hilarious supporting roles filled out by Alan Arkin, Dan Akroyd, Hank Azaria, and Jeremy Piven you really can't go wrong. Also Minnie Driver portrays proabably her most loveable character yet... a quirky punk rock DJ who was ditched at the high school prom by Cusack. She has a childish mischevious sexiness to her that probably couldnt have been pulled off by anyone else. The fight scenes and action sequences are suprisingly intense. Cusack did all his own stunts, including one of the most vicious hand to hand combat scenes in any action movie I've seen in a while. Ultimately besting his opponent with a pen wound to the jugular. Its a hilarious, well written, action packed, and ultimately sweet story that you can't really lose with. Check it out.
Best Movie Soundtrack Ever
Excellent Movie. Excellent Soundtrack. That's all that needs to be said.
This is one of Cusak's finest movies...if you're a Cusak fan and HAVE NOT seen this movie, download it NOW...stop reading and DOANLOAD!