Gross Pointe Blank (1997)
Martin Blank’s (John Cusack) 10 year high school reunion is coming up in a few weeks and he is having trouble deciding whether or not to attend. You see, he isn’t exactly sure how to tell people he freaked out, joined the military and now kills people for a living. However, when one of his jobs goes wrong, his client demands he do another job for free, ultimately taking the job out of the hands of fellow competitor Mr. Grocer (Dan Aykroyd), who is pissed about it. Grocer, who was told by Martin that he didn’t want to join his “hit-man union”, hires a team to watch Martin so that when he makes the move to kill, he can be killed. As luck has it, the job is back in Martin’s hometown so he is able to go to the reunion, but he is timid about seeing his own high school flame (Minnie Driver) whom he stood up on Prom night.
Grosse Pointe Blank is a movie I consider a hidden gem. Not a lot of people know or talk about it, but when I remind others of this film, the have nothing but good things to say. I remember seeing it when I was a teenage and the original story and charm from the leads, especially John Cusack, makes the movie shine. Any fan of Cusack’s earlier work will love his character here. It is funny in its own dark way that only some will get. I suggest anyone who hasn’t heard of this film, look it up, and then go watch it. Co-starring Joan Cusack, Ann Cusack, Hank Azaria, Alan Arkin and Jeremy Piven.
9/10 Stars – Entertaining and funny, a John Cusack gem!
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