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   GROSSE POINTE BLANK (1997) 

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CAST
John Cusack
Minnie Driver
Alan Arkin
Dan Aykroyd
Joan Cusack
Hank Azaria
K. Todd Freeman
Mitch Ryan
Jeremy Piven

DIRECTED BY
George Armitage

PURCHASE


DVD



Soundtrack




Time: 107 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Romance


SYNOPSIS: Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

BOTTOM LINE: Cusack grows up in this quirky comedy about a hit man who finds feelings for his childhood sweetheart and distaste for his profession on a trip home to attend his high school reunion. Martin Blank never minded his job as a professional assassin – he's one of the best. However, pressure from other hit men to "unionize" has left him feeling angry and vulnerable. Mainly because if he doesn't join, he's first on the hit list. Trying to stay alive puts a damper on his attempts to rekindle the flame with Driver's character – who's somewhat conflicted by his sudden return. Things get way out of hand as the turf war and love affair heat up. Martin's once uncomplicated life has become a total mess. Which it turns out, he doesn't mind at all.

The film is a balancing act between action and romance, which Cusack handles perfectly with sardonic wit and unquestionable charm. There are moments where the effort to be clever is all too apparent, but for the most part the film is highly entertaining. The supporting cast – led by his sister Joan, Piven and Aykroyd – fill in the gaps with wonderful performances, contributing much to the film's dry tone and comic hilarity. Driver gives one of her better turns as his bitter, yet forgiving ex/new girlfriend. If you like Cusack you'll enjoy his trip down memory lane. It takes the pain of confronting one's past and exploring a new future to highly amusing levels.




"It's true what they say Oatman, you can never go home again, but I guess you can shop there."

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