Grosse Pointe Blank
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Here's the killer comedy hit that's loaded with outrageous fun! For Martin Blank (John Cusack -- HIGH FIDELITY, SERENDIPITY), a hit man stuck in a career rut, attending his 10-year high school reunion is about the last thing he's in the mood for! But when the prospects of rekindling an old flame (Minnie Driver -- GOOD WILL HUNTING) and pulling off one final job convince him to go, things are looking up ... that is, until Martin's arch rival (Dan Aykroyd) shows up aiming to blow the competition away! For hilarious comedy entertainment that's packed with action, GROSSE POINTE BLANK is a surefire knockout!

Hit man Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) is in an awkward situation. Several of them, actually. He's attending his high school reunion on an assignment; he's got a rival hit man (Dan Aykroyd) on his tail; and he's going to have to explain to his old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) why he stood her up on prom night. This amiable black comedy, cowritten by Cusack and directed by Jonathan Demme prot¨¦g¨¦ George Armitage (Miami Blues), has the feel of Demme's Something Wild and Married to the Mob--which is to say its humor is dark and brightly colored at the same time. Cusack and Driver are utterly charming--as is the leading man's sister, Joan, who plays his secretary. (Ms. Cusack received an Oscar nomination for her next role, in In & Out.) Alan Arkin is also very funny as Martin's psychiatrist. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent
    This is an excellent movie. It may not be to everyone's taste, but if you like "High Fidelity", you will probably like this movie. There is enough action, drama and comedy to keep your attention. What is the big attraction, though, is getting inside the lives and minds of the people. The acting is very good, the sound is good, cinematography is good (for an urban setting). Overall, excellent....more info
  • Another Cusack Winner
    John Cusack rarely makes bad films, and he can be highly original when left to his own devices (as here). Cusack has managed to maintain a hip/cool image even as he has grown from teen heart throb ("Say Anything") to an actor now in his thirties.

    Cusack plays a very neurotic hitman who has tired of the hitman game. After a stint in the military, he found he had a very unique talent: he is very good at killing people. He's made a very good living, but he is tired of the pressures of his profession (apparently there is a lot of competition in the hit man industry). He tries to sort his life out with a very reluctant therapist (the hilarious Alan Arkin) and decides to attend his high school reunion. Naturally, a hit man can't return to his high school reunion with out some kind of high jinks ensuing.

    This movie is wildly original and funny, sometimes over the top, but always entertaining. My only real problem with it, there just did not seem to be a lot of chemistry between Minnie Driver and Cusack. In fact, she almost seems disinterested in her part from time-to-time. Still, this is worth viewing again and again. And everyone I lend it to loves it....more info

  • Cusack in his most enjoyable role!
    This is one of the most fun roles John Cusack has ever had. He is fabulous as the charismatic hitman Martin Blank on a hit assignment in his hometown, just in time for his high school reunion. Cusack and Driver have fabulous chemistry, and the script is very witty and fast paced. One can watch this movie again and again; definately worth owning on DVD. Funny, original, a bit off-the-wall... but that's just part of its charm. Enjoy!...more info
  • I'm drawing a complete...Blank
    Plot-wise, 'Grosse Pointe Blank' is about professional hit man Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) going back to Grosse Pointe for his 10-year High School Reunion. His psychiatrist Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin) refuses to treat him because he is afraid of him, but he persists in calling him, and uses him for a reluctant sounding board for his own ideas about his therapy:

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    [Talking to his psychiatrist about going to his high school reunion]
    Marty: They all have husbands and wives and children and houses and dogs, and, you know, they've all made themselves a part of something and they can talk about what they do. What am I gonna say? "I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How've you been?"
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    The real reason he is going to the reunion is actually so he can reconnect with his High School sweetheart, Debi (Minnie Driver):

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    Debi: Okay. So. You're back... a decade late, and... you're on some sort of therapeutic assignment, and you want to sort things out with me. So the question now becomes, do I allow you access to me or... do I call security?
    Marty: I don't think that'd be a good idea.
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    Miss Driver is cute and appealing, and she is especially good with quips. Not only do they meet cute, the cuteness continues non-stop, a veritable cavalcade of cuteness:

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    Debi: So, is there a Mrs. Mysterio?
    Martin Q. Blank: No, but I do have a very nice cat?
    Debi: Not the same.
    Martin Q. Blank: Well, you don't know my cat, it's very demanding.
    Debi: It? You don't know if it's a boy or girl?
    Martin Q. Blank: I respect its privacy.
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    Enough already, with the cutie cute cuteness. How about some substance, some epiphany, some revelation:

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    Debi: You know what you need?
    Marty: What?
    Debi: Shakabuku.
    Marty: You wanna tell me what that means?
    Debi: It's a swift, spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever.
    Marty: Oh, that'd be good. I think.
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    It is kind of a dark comedy, with the juxtaposition of killing for a living with a High School reunion scenario. It is kind of a romantic comedy, with the screw ball reason that the two crazy kids can't be together the fact that he is a professional hitman. Neither of these two kinds of comedies really work for me here. I think that the people who want to see John Cusack are not the same demographic who want to see lots of shooting and things blowing up. The people who want to see that aren't the ones who want to see romantic comedies, not even dark comedies. And they certainly aren't interested in a lot of clever dialogue. And the people who do want to hear clever dialogue don't want to watch a lot of people being shot and see things blowing up.

    Maybe John Cusack wanted to make a film like this to see how it feels to be an action hero. Maybe he thought it would pull in fans of different genres. 'Grosse Pointe Blank' isn't a bad movie, and it is quite entertaining, but it just doesn't quite cut it for me. As Bob said at the High School reunion, "I'm drawing a complete....Blank."

    Anyway, Debi is a DJ, which gives the filmmakers an opportunity to shower us with soundtrack cuts galore. It is like they just wanted to pay homage to the 80's, and how much better the music was than during the 90's. This is actually the best part of the movie. Joe Strummer wrote some music for the soundtrack, and there is also a lot of The Clash and other great music from the 80's:


    Violent Femmes
    "Blister in the Sun"
    Written by Gordon Gano
    Performed by Violent Femmes
    Courtesy of Slash/London Records, Ltd.
    By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing


    Super Black Market Clash
    "Armagideon Time"
    Written by Clement Dodd and Willie Williams
    Performed by The Clash
    Courtesy of Epic Records
    By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

    Live & Let Die
    "Live and Let Die"
    Written by Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
    Performed by Guns N' Roses
    Courtesy of Geffen Records
    By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
    ("Live and Let Die" segues into a 'muzak' version performed by Adam Fields)

    The Jam - The Complete Jam
    "Absolute Beginners"
    Written by Paul Weller
    Performed by The Jam
    Courtesy of Polydor Limited
    By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing

    Today's Specials
    "Pressure Drop"
    Written by Toots Hibbert (as Frederick Hibbert)
    Performed by The Specials
    Courtesy of Kuff Records Ltd./Virgin Records America, Inc.

    Ace of Spades
    "Ace of Spades"
    Written by Lemmy (as Ian Kilmister), Fast Eddie Clarke (as Edward Clarke) and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor (as Philip Taylor)
    Performed by Mot?rhead
    Courtesy of Castle Copyrights, Ltd.

    The Head on the Door
    "In Between Days"
    Written by Robert Smith
    Performed by The Cure
    Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Corp.
    By Arrangement with Warner Special Products; and Courtesy of Fiction Records/Polydor Ltd./Elektra Entertainment Ltd.
    By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing

    Introduce Yourself
    "We Care a Lot"
    Written by Chuck Mosely, Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould (as William Gould),
    Mike Bordin and Jim Martin
    Performed by Faith No More
    Courtesy of Slash/London Records, Ltd.
    By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing

    Message From Beat Street: Best Of
    "White Lines"
    Written by Sylvia Robinson and Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover)
    Performed by Melle Mel (as Grandmaster Melle Mel)
    Courtesy of Rhino Records/Castle Copyrights Ltd.

    Hot Space
    "Under Pressure"
    Written by David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May
    Performed by David Bowie (with Queen)
    Courtesy of Raincloud Productions Ltd./David R. Jones/MainMan S.A. and Hollywood Records and EMI Records UK

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    [repeated line]
    Marty: If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.
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  • not much to say, this is a great movie
    I never get tired of watching this movie. It's exciting, it's entertaining and also pretty darn funny. Again a great movie !!...more info
  • Hilarious Stylish Satire
    Grosse Point Blank is a must for anyone into alternative stylish witty satire. John Cusack (Blank) is a hitman back for his 10th high school reunion and to reunite with Minnie Driver, the girl he deserted. Alan Arkin is has a role as Blank's therapist. This is chock full of off-the-wall humor that take Tarantino's over-the-top methods to the next level.
    Dan Akroyd also lends his high-level comic skill as Blank's rival, waiting for him to get his next target, so Akroyd can get him. ...more info
  • Back to School
    Combining elements of thriller, romantic/black comedy, con movies and some Tarantino references, "Grosse Pointe Blank" is a decent offbeat flick that manages to entertain but doesn`t make much of an impression. John Cusack plays a hitman who goes to a highschool reunion in his hometown. He meets his ex-girlfriend (played by Minnie Driver) whom he left ten years ago, and some contrived situations unfold in the process. His job causes a couple of problems, so he figures out that it`s better to choose another kind of life. Although this movie is witty at parts, it doesn`t work very well as a whole and seems too disjointed to convince. The acting is ok, the directing isn`t bad and the soundtrack is good enough (Violent Femmes, The Cure, The Clash, Eels,...), yet the plot and pacing are just too flawed and uneven. This kind of stuff has been done before (and better) in movies like "True Love", so "Grosse Pointe Blank" ends up being a mildly interesting but ultimately disposable effort.

    As watchable as it is forgettable....more info

  • Second Look Says It All!!!
    I first saw GPB in 97 on VHS. I have been a huge Cusack fan since I was four. I'm 26 now. One of my favorite movies is The Sure Thing. Anyway, I try to watch as many of John's films as I can. When I first saw this I didn't like it. I found it boring and silly. Maybe I was too immature to understand the hidden comedy. I threw the VHS away about two years ago. I bought the DVD last week and now I love GPB! I don't know what was wrong with me! This is a terrific film. John is just as fresh and funny as ever! Everyone was fantastic! Dan Aykroyd and Alan Arkin were hilarious. My point is, that sometimes you can't judge a book or film on your first glance. Many times we write reviews after seeing something once. I am glad I didn't write a review for GPB back then. If I had gone with my first instinct I would have given some bad advice and told people not to get this film. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY OWN THIS DVD! I have been watching it nonstop since I bought it again. It gets better each time. It's romantic, funny and soothing. I am glad I got the chance to view it again. The DVD could have been much better. There were no special features, commentary, photo gallery or behind-the-scenes featurette. Usually that pisses me off but GPB is so good you don't feel you're missing a thing....more info
  • Hitmen With A Soft side
    Another great movie with John Cusack in it. It's a romantic comedy of a guy who is a hitman, and ends up back in the town he went to highschool. There he finds his ex-girlfriend played by Minnie Driver. There is also the highschool reunion on and he has to find time to see his ex as well as do a hit. Great comedy and great music, this should be in any dvd collection. Witty dialouge with a small giggle here and there. Something to watch when there is nothing on Tv....more info
  • Dark Comedy + Cusack = Must See
    Grosse Pointe Blank, a dark comedy made in 1997, features John Cusack in yet another charming role. A professional killer returns home for a job, tries to rekindle a love affair he ran out on, and attends his high school reunion.

    One of my favorite things about watching older (older as in not at the theater recently) movies is scanning the crowd for now well known actors. Minnie Driver, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin and Dan Aykroyd all have co-starring roles in this, but there are others there too. Hank Azaria, Jenna Elfman, Jeremy Piven, along with Bill & Ann Cusack. (Did you know there were more Cusacks?)

    The movie features a fantastic, hilarious, death by pen scene and Joan Cusack in one of her lovely quirky roles. The scenes with John Cusack and Dan Aykroyd are among the best as they play off of one another quite well. The soundtrack is just as great! I see more John Cusack movies in my future.
    ...more info
  • Bullseye humor
    Martin Blank is a hitman in the dumps. He's not having much success in his work recently. His rival, Grocer, is trying to get him to join his union for hitmen, but Martin enjoys being an outsider. Out of the blue, he receives an invitation to his 10-year high school reunion. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he decides to go. He has business in the neighborhood anyway. Once he gets back, he tries to reconnect with his past life, including meeting his old flame.

    This is definitely a black comedy. The laughs come between fierce gun battles and bloody hand-to-hand combat. John Cusack is perfect as the conflicted Martin Blank. He has just the right balance of craziness and sweetness to make this movie work. Minnie Driver also does a good job as Martin's love interest. Will she take Martin back? Will Martin go over the edge? Watch this great dark comedy and find out....more info
  • One of the 90's best!
    One of my favorite movies of the 90's! John Cusack plays a hitman who returns to his hometown to attend his high school reunion. A great fight takes place between Cusack and former kickboxing champion Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, who is sent to kill him. Also includes Minnie Driver and Dan Aykroyd in great supporting roles....more info
  • No shooting blanks, this hits the mark!
    This was one of my favorite movies of the 90s. If you don't like the movie, definately get the soundtrack because it is by far one of the best compilations of underground 80s alternative I've ever heard, and it really carries the movie along well....more info
  • One of my all time favorite movies...
    I'm not one of those people who quotes lines from my favorite movies, though if I were there are a couple in GPB that my friends would be tired of hearing. This movie had subtlety and nuance, pain and pleasure (yup, that would be me paraphrasing) though the hair and giant cell phones make it seem rather dated. That being said, the overall theme of going back to high school and having everyone peg you to be the exact same person that you were all those years ago, resonated for me.

    My favorite line? Minnie Driver's character seeing her 'long lost love' and trying to identify the emotions felt: "What is this that I'm feeling? Is it pain? Pleasure? Am I hungry?" decades later that indescribable gut wrenching feeling took her right back.

    God I love this movie....more info
  • Grosse Pointe Blank...
    Mr. Cusack takes us for a wild ride in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The man is simply trying to attend his High School reunion. But, he has a few issues to deal with while he's there...I'll let you find out for yourself! Get it at a good price - then enjoy it! Three stars!!...more info
  • Unusual but entertaining
    This is an unusual romantic comedy about a relationship between a professional hit man and his high school sweetheart. The plot is a little contrived and there is a lot of gunfire and dead bodies. But, the cast is stellar. I began watching it on vacation but the copy was defective and we couldn't see the last 10 minutes. It was sufficiently enjoyable that we bought the movie to see the ending. ...more info
  • Yeah, it's point blank gross in parts
    The main feature of this movie--depending on your point of view--is John Cusack, who looks like he's having a lot of fun in a quirky story quirkily done. Fans will probably find his portrayal of a whimsical professional hit man a nice departure for the accomplished and sensitive actor.

    I would too except I just couldn't get over the disconnect between the sweet personality and the amoral nature of his character. Of course this is a comedy, indeed a satire and burlesque of hit man films with shootouts (two guns ablazing) and car chases aplenty.

    There is also a romance between ex-highschool sweethearts Martin Q. Blank (Cusack) and Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), and they seem nicely paired. The story is framed around Blank's disappearance on prom night ten years previous and his sudden and unexpected return on the eve of his ten-year class reunion at Grosse Pointe (Michigan) High School. His "profession" is so unlikely that he can be candid about it and nobody will believe him. "I'm a professional killer." "Nice. I'm glad that's working out for you." (Okay, I made up that dialogue, but it's close to what's really said.)

    Dan Aykroyd gives comedic support in an over-the-top portrayal of a rival hit man always making with the jokes even as the bullets fly. Funny too with a lot of original shtick is John Cusack's sister, Joan Cusack, as the hit man's strange but conscientious secretary, Marcella. Alan Arkin has a modest part as Dr. Oatman, Blank's frightened shrink--frightened because he knows what Blank does for a living.

    Bottom line: a bonafide cult classic with repeat viewing appeal that may not work for all audiences....more info
  • It's a BIG HIT
    Grosse Pointe Blank is probably ranked in my list as one of the best dark comedies of all time. If you haven't seen it, just think, "Pulp Fiction" meets "satire," with a little bit of typical "John Cusack-ness" sprinkled in here and there. (Still, Minnie Driver's character is no match for Mia Wallace in my humble opinion.)

    It kind of makes you wonder what really goes through the minds of these so-called real-life "assassins" that exist in the world. Although I'm sure that it's certainly not quite a comedic vocation as portrayed in the film. Nonetheless, it's fascinating and it keeps the viewer sitting on the edge of their seat wanting more. I think that's why this movie worked. Who would of ever thought of making a farce out of something so mundane as a hitman going through a midlife crisis? John Cusack's quirky persona really makes Grosse Pointe Blank, well, Grosse Pointe Blank. On top of that, the ten year high school reunion adds yet another intricate twist in the storyline. I felt as though I had stepped into a time portal that took me back to the era of materialims, The Clash/punk rock, Sixteen Candles, side ponny tails and leg warmers, as with other fashion mishaps.

    The dailogue, as funny as it is, really makes you think -which isn't always the easiest thing to do in a film. For example, one of my favorie lines is when Debi questions: "Where are all the good men dead, in the heart or in the head?" Let's just say, I ask myself the same thing......more info

  • Probably Cusack's Best Film
    This is, for me anyway, the best film Cusack has done. It's filled with a certain realism that you don't find in many films. This is odd because the film is primarily a comedy. Black comedy, mind you, but comedy nonetheless.

    Background - Martin Blank (Cusack) is a contract hit-man ten years after his high school graduation. He's lost his taste for 'the business' and wants out. He received an invite to his high school reunion but doesn't initially want to attend. Almost simultaneously, he gets a contract to take out someone in his home town. He decides to kill two birds with one stone and do both. Little does he know that a contract has been put out on him as well.

    Story - Blank freaked out at the end of high school and joined the army where he learned to kill. He was loaned out to the CIA where he served as a hit-man before going solo. After ten years of the stuff, he's had his fill and wants out. A fellow hit-man (Dan Aykroyd) Grosser, wants to form a 'Hit-man union' of sorts. Blank declines, so Grosser puts a contract out on him. The film follows Blank as he seeks out his high school sweetheart, avoids assassination attempts, and tries to complete his last hit, which has an interesting twist.

    Why I like this film - The conversations Cusack has with the other characters, as well as with himself, are priceless. The dialog is disjointed, much like a real conversation you might have.

    Another thing that I liked was the realism of the fight scenes. I'm tired of watching movie fights where the hero and villains trade punches to the face, and neither of them have any blood on them. In one scene in particular, the fight lasts all of a minute (pretty real for a streetfight) and both characters as bloodies and sweating profusely. Very realistic, indeed.

    This film is not for people who don't like action, as it's filled with it. Younger children probably shouldn't watch it either because of the excessive violence. Fans of Cusack should like it, as it's filled with intelligent humor....more info

  • Multi-layered film that grows on you
    Like many other reviewers here I never tire of watching this film, although it had to grow on me over the course of several viewings.

    Grosse Pointe Blank works on several levels. For one, John Cusack appearing in a movie about a high school reunion is a nod to the high school flicks that made him famous as an actor. There are many sly references to his earlier films here; i.e., with the bike messenger (Better Off Dead) and the pen (Say Anything). In that sense the film serves as a "killing off" of his image as a teen actor. On another level, the hit man storyline is a great political commentary on the eighties that translates well to the political scene we currently find ourselves in. All the characters, in fact, are morally compromised by their careers, and in that sense Martin Blank serves as an extreme on a spectrum. And what really hooked me initially is the straightforward portrayal of career burnout, alienation, and early midlife crisis....more info
  • Reunion phobiacs unite, utterly hilarious!
    Cusack shines yet again in the dark comedy set around Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Martin Blank (Cusack) is a contract killer having a bout of emptiness. His secretary (played superbly by sister Joan Cusack) corralls him into heading home just in time for his 10-year high school reunion. Who is he afraid to see there, another killer or fellow cronie? No, it's his high school prom date Minnie Driver! (Speaking of cronies, though, Dan Aykroid plays one of his best roles ever as Grocer, the competing hitman trying to form a 'union' of sorts).

    From the reminiscing with old friends, to the rekindling of a relationship, to the way the town has changed, and to the current contract in Grosse Pointe, this truly dark comedy deliver big time with dry one-liners, clever and witty banter, odd and embarassing situations, and a visit back to high school days and faces once forgotten. Anyone who has even run into an old classmate from school will definitely find this movie hilarious and poignant. The soundtrack is also outstanding featuring many of the hits from the mid-80s and worked in cleverly into the plot and scenes. (Keep an ear/eye open for Queen's "Under Pressure" and the way the lyrics and the movie itself seem to marry perfectly).

    (Disclaimer: for those of you who might be concerned, there is a good deal of foul language, some violent scenes, and minor sexual situations. Otherwise, if that doesn't bother you much, definitely one to add to your collection).

    Overall, a tremendous movie with great action, universal themes of reunion along with the related phobias and hijinx, hilarious wit, and excellent acting all around. Truly one of the funniest movies that Cusack has made and quite possibly his most amusing role to date. Enjoy!...more info

  • I just might stop to check you out
    Bizarre mixture of hired assassin action film and romantic comedy is well done and pretty entertaining. John Cusack is likeable, as always, as the hired assassin who heads home to Grosse Pointe after a long absence under the ruse of attending a class reunion, though he has been hired to make a hit. Minnie Driver plays the girl he admired in high school and who has no idea what he has been doing ever since. Toss in an 80's soundtrack and you've got yourself a film that should appeal to pretty much every thirtysomething. While the assassination subplots bring a fresh ingredient to the genre and is an integral part of the story, the emphasis is on the romance and comedy. As such, the assassin subplot serves as a distraction by the film's close; however, the script is so engaging one might not notice. The violence isn't very graphic, though adult language keeps this from being suitable for kids. The DVD is okay, though nothing special. ...more info
  • Love John Cusack?
    This is a must if you love John Cusack. Classic lines that will become part of your everyday vocabulary abound! The soundtrack is also a must!...more info
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
    Gotta be the funniest, wittiest, fastest comedy out there. I can't stand not to watch this one. I probably see it twice a year. It's that good. Every line is good, every scene is good. Never predictable, never dull or formulaic, despite being an outgrowth of Cusack's prestigious 1980's lexicon of light comedies. ...more info
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
    One of my all time favorite movies. A dark comedy with a love story. Yes and thank you! Everything about this movie is spot on: cast, acting, story, writing, execution.......more info
  • Were you in high school in the 80s?
    Hysterically funny perspective on transitioning from high school to adulthood. John Cusack delivers a terrific performance as does Minnie Driver and Joan Cusack. ...more info
  • Am I the only person who does this?
    I like to pretend that this is the unofficial sequel to Say Anything. I mean John coulda run off and joined the military and become a hitman and all that. It would be cool, and it's obvious he still knows kick boxing.
    Also, one of the other reviewers said that Dan Akroyd was just playing himself. I seriously doubt that Dan Akroyd is a homocidal maniac, control freak hitman in real life, but who knows? I always thought he was a little shifty in Driving Ms. Daisy....more info
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
    Sharp wit combined with excellent delivery make Grosse Pointe one of my favorite movies. It's always interesting when the protagonist is such an aweful person, yet seems like a hero. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who likes dry humor and has a tolerance for the depths of human monstrosity....more info
  • black comedy at it's wittiest...
    anytime you'll attend a high school reunion, wouldn't it be nice to brag about a career, say a banker maybe. but how are you going to explain to a bunch of friends and an old flame you're a retiring hitman? there lies the plot.

    GPB may not be an oscar caliber movie but it sure delivers a punch and shot(all pun intended!). the script is very witty, most of them became a byword in everyday conversation. "a bimmer in detroit? that's sacrilege!" "ten years man! ten years!" "i freaked out. i joined the army. now i work for myself." "you brokered the sale of my house? well thank you for profiting in my childhood!" "we took your old pictures from the class album. special torture!" these are just some of the funny lines you'll hear in this movie.

    and john cusack was cool in this one. he played the very troubled and wary hitman so good you'd think he was once one before. jeremy piven as usual is so striking that if it's your first time to watch him, you'd either loathe him or love him right away.

    all in all the movie is great. even hank azaria has some funny moments here. if ever there is a crime here, it's about nepotism. all 3 of john's siblings are in here. but then again they all got away with it, marvelously....more info

  • Gross Dumb and Blank
    This is a typical Cusak movie. Everything in this movie is to draw attention to him and make him look good. The hip eighties music, the droll but hip sounding conversation, the idea that Mr. Cusak has the skill to kill someone with a... pen, the romance of a sensitive killer going back to reclaim his high school sweethart, and finding meaning in the innocence of a baby's face. Don't fall for this hopeless, romantic "bad-ass." The premise for the movie simply doesn't work- the "cold-blooded killer has feelings too" theme. Only someone as pretentious and unfunny as Cusak could think like this. Somewhere along the line, the art of good movie making gets lost. That's what happens here and in all Cusak centered movies....more info