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Grosse Pointe Blank

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George Armitage

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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80%
  • Reviews Counted: 70
  • Fresh: 56
  • 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. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Feb 5, 2008

Fresh: Cusack is charming and assured in the film. – Leonard Klady, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: It's a sad day when an actor who's totally, beautifully in touch with his dark side finds himself stuck in a movie that's scared of its own shadow. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Feb 5, 2008

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Customer Reviews

love it

brilliant movie.. perfectly casted.. existentially witty and traditionally hilarious with just enough guns and explosions to appeal to the lowest common denominator ;)

Best Movie Soundtrack Ever

Excellent Movie. Excellent Soundtrack. That's all that needs to be said.

Oh Johny

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!

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1997

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