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Worth A Look: 32.35%
Average: 4.9%
Pretty Bad: 1.96%
Total Crap: 1.96%

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Grosse Pointe Blank
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by Ryan Arthur

"Detonate one rich guy's dog, and you're a marked man for life."
5 stars

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.

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User Comments

9/22/17 morris campbell boring point blank is more like it 1 stars
10/27/08 The Dork Knight Cute romance with a generous amount of Blam Blam 5 stars
10/14/08 Dr.Lao One of the few Hollywood "black comedies" that is actually funny 4 stars
6/06/07 R.W. Welch Clever plot device with good follow-through. B+ 4 stars
8/25/05 ES if this is what they mean by dark comedy than what's not to like = see it 4 stars
2/23/05 julia anything with john cusack is sure to be a hit 5 stars
2/14/05 Naka Smart, hilarious, engrossing, touching...the funnest dark comedy I've seen yet 5 stars
1/03/05 Landshark the Jon Stewart of the hitman subgenre: fresh, hip, irreverent 5 stars
8/25/04 Agent Sands This is one of my favorite movies in a LOOONNG time. It's just perfect!!! 5 stars
2/27/04 Nomah This movie is WRITTEN! 5 stars
12/31/03 Tocco Great town and movie. 5 stars
10/21/03 Dean Rapp A thinking persons black comedy 4 stars
10/12/03 laura paterson one of the BEST film's ever! hilarious! 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Overblown comedy/actioner veers fatally off-tone. Some snappy dialogue helps. 2 stars
2/17/03 nanite happy, black and clever at the same time. who would wanr more? 5 stars
1/08/03 Phil M. Aficionado Way over the top comedy and satire with brilliant performances; LOL moments and great pace. 5 stars
11/09/02 Stevo Madly underrated. Extremely entertaining for every second. One of the best of the decade. 5 stars
10/10/02 Sparticus Boy You are the ones who are the ball lickers!! This is the best movie ever made! 5 stars
4/03/02 Butterbean This was awful! I had to turn the tape off halfway. 1 stars
11/29/01 KMG This is a grossly pointless movie that makes one's mind go blank after 2 hours 3 stars
10/15/01 Meg J John Cusack. Nuff' said. 5 stars
10/08/01 jawsboy pretty sweet movie. Cusack kicks ass!! 4 stars
8/19/01 Edwin Menguin It made me feel slightly unstable, very 'cool'. Fuckin' Cunt Eyes 3 stars
7/28/01 Geebo Cusack was good, the movie was also 5 stars
7/20/01 dBoy(!) One of my favorite films 5 stars
6/08/01 Laurian Diaconescu I loved the movie,it was really good.One of the best black comedy I've ever seen. 5 stars
5/05/01 The Chosen One awesome 5 stars
4/17/01 BrainPan Ten years!! ten yearrrrrs. 5 stars
2/17/01 Jake very slick film. Both Cusacks were good. 4 stars
11/20/00 The EVIL Penguin Cusack at his best 4 stars
7/17/00 The Bomb 69 well written, Dan Aykroyd can actually be funny with the right material 5 stars
5/01/00 Steve Layne Very good premise, but it doesn't deliver that well. 3 stars
1/09/00 John Markham A class film.John Cusack is at the pinnacle of cool. 5 stars
6/25/99 Andrew P. My favorite movie. Cusack as a hitman! You can't go wrong there! 5 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Great. 5 stars
4/11/99 Tristynn I fell asleep.. enough said.. ZZZZ 2 stars
4/06/99 Michael Grimm different kind of humor, made you think 5 stars
3/28/99 TJwills Cusack hits a homerun and Piven takes it to new levels. 5 stars
3/25/99 James Coffey Great dark comedy, however Aykroyd seemed a bit out of place to me. 5 stars
3/04/99 Rachel It was OK, but i think I'm gonna have to see it a third time. 4 stars
2/02/99 Matthew Bartley Cusacks the coolest thing since Nicholson 4 stars
1/27/99 Kooky Sal This was a sincerely good film in almost every respect, though the soundtrack was medicore. 5 stars
11/27/98 G great script, great acting, great movie 5 stars
11/16/98 Jules Boring. I expected more. 3 stars
10/20/98 Haskell Daniels Awesome all over. Cusack rocks and Aykroyd hasn't done a movie this good for years. 5 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo This movie makes me want to write, every time I see it. 5 stars
10/01/98 Flea Bitten Nut What a great God damned movie. Hype on the 80's soundtrack was misdirected, but it ruled. 5 stars
9/26/98 Pat Flanagan "You can never go home again, but apoparently you can shop there." 5 stars
9/24/98 Nate Dogg Makes yah wonder what ever really happened to Lloyd after "say anything," eh? 5 stars
9/23/98 Anna Karenina Dope. Saved Aykroyd's career. Cusack's can do no wrong. 5 stars
9/05/98 Badass Existential grief has never been captured on film so vibrantly 5 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball I was ready to blow Aykroyd up until this, but since BB2000 he's back on the list. 5 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee No argument here. I'd do Minnie. Mouse. haha. 5 stars
8/21/98 Mike F this move is dabomb 5 stars
8/21/98 Pete Cusack=good. Great flick. Stands up to repeat viewings. 5 stars
8/18/98 zubilicious Cusack is awesome with this sketchy role. His timing just makes it even better. 5 stars
8/17/98 Johny Cusack rocks, movie funny, kickass 5 stars
8/17/98 J-Guy (The MFC) really dug it. in fact, I am going to go buy a gun, now. 5 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Get's better the more times you see it. A great movie all around. 5 stars
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