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Grosse Pointe Blank
Directed by: George
Starring: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd
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action-packed, darkly-comic, lovey
Martin Blank is a professional
freelance hitman who’s been feeling, lately, that his career just isn’t personally fulfilling.
See, he's developed this pesky problem of a conscience. On the recommendation of his shrink (who’s understandably
skittish about maintaining a relationship with a patient who’s
liable to take out his displeasure concerning bad advice by, oh, blowing
his doctor's brains out!), Martin decides to head
back to his hometown suburb of Grosse Pointe to attend his ten- year high
school reunion. It’s a chance, he hopes, at getting back together with
the lost love of his life, Debi, whom he stood up at the prom a
decade ago but still dreams about every night. And while he's in town,
there's one last assignment that he may or may not do. A rival hitman, however,
pissed off at Martin because he’s refused to join the assassins’
union, has decreed Martin a marked target. Suddenly Martin finds he’s
got to juggle trying to win back Debi, dodging assassination attempts, and
deciding what to do about the fact that he's really pretty unhappy with
what he's been doing with his life.
mixes perfectly with comedy, in a refreshingly non-Tarantinoesque manner, in
this black comedy. It’s got a hilarious premise: hitman goes to his
reunion and has to fend off the inevitable "so what have you been
doing since high school?" questions from people who have been
leading totally mundane (non-criminal) lives. The rest of the film fully
delivers, with sharp dialogue, terrific acting, and a cranking 80s
soundtrack (Violent Femmes, English Beat, the Specials, and more). What’s
funniest is that basically, Martin's a pretty normal 28-year
old, struggling with that horrible suspicion that he hasn't even come
close to fulfilling his potential. The killing gig is just a job, not where his heart is, and reunions, as any of us who’ve
attended/ avoided the dreaded events know, tend to incite those
evaluations that only serve to confirm how short we’ve come up in the
success game. A gleefully wacked-out hybrid of action, comedy and romance, Grosse
Pointe Blank perfectly showcases what it is that’s so fabulous
about John Cusack: his unmatched brilliance at melding charm, humor,
irony and human imperfection to create multi-dimensional
characters that are lovable despite their deep flaws.
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