"Detonate one rich guy's dog, and you're a marked man for life."
Hey, Jenny Slater.The question is, is it a comic thriller, romantic comedy with action sequences, or would-be 80's flashback film?
All of 'em, actually.
Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) is a hitman who heads back to his hometown for a high school reunion. He also has to kill someone. It's all part of the job. He also runs the risk of running into his old flame Debi (Minnie Driver), whom he stood up at the prom so he could become an assassin. Will they hook back up? Will Martin lose his hit to his competitor, Mr. Grocer (Dan Aykroyd), and end up getting killed himself? That's part of the charm to this film: there's more to it than what's on the surface.
I like this film more and more each time I watch it. I can't really explain it. I like the fact that Cusack can play a chatty hitman (there doesn't seem to be any other kind these days) with the same ease that he can play a Lloyd Dobler. The supporting cast is really great as well. Minnie Driver (whom I have a thing for anyway) is as cute as a button, and Jeremy Piven is outstanding. This guy needs more work. Joan Cusack has a nice supporting role as Martin's secretary, and even Aykroyd doesn't emabarass himself too badly.
And think about it: where can you see a movie where a hitman dispatches another killer with a pen in the hallway of a highschool, all while "99 Luftballoons" is playing over the soundtrack?
Well, here, of course.
A solid effort all around. Definitely worth repeat viewings.Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for *money*. It's a *job*. That didn't come out right.