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Grosse Pointe Blank: 15th Anniversary Edition - Blu-ray

John Cusack , Minnie Driver    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Hit man Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) is in an awkward situation. Several of them, actually. He's attending his high school reunion on an assignment; he's got a rival hit man (Dan Aykroyd) on his tail; and he's going to have to explain to his old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) why he stood her up on prom night. This amiable black comedy, cowritten by Cusack and directed by Jonathan Demme protégé George Armitage (Miami Blues), has the feel of Demme's Something Wild and Married to the Mob--which is to say its humor is dark and brightly colored at the same time. Cusack and Driver are utterly charming--as is the leading man's sister, Joan, who plays his secretary. (Ms. Cusack received an Oscar nomination for her next role, in In & Out.) Alan Arkin is also very funny as Martin's psychiatrist. --Jim Emerson

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Celebrate the 15th anniversary of a killer comedy hit -- now available on Blu-ray for the first time with a sensational new digital restoration. John Cusack (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) and Academy Award(R) nominees Minnie Driver (Best Supporting Actress, 1997, GOOD WILL HUNTING) and Dan Akyroyd (Best Supporting Actor, 1989, DRIVING MISS DAISY) are hilarious in this surefire knockout, loaded with action and laughs. Martin Blank is a hit man stuck in a career rut when his 10-year high school reunion gives him the chance to rekindle an old flame and pull off one final job. Things are looking up until his arch rival joins the party, aiming to blow the competition away. Pull the trigger on big fun with GROSSE POINTE BLANK on Blu-ray!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Back to School April 25 2004
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Combining elements of thriller, romantic/black comedy, con movies and some Tarantino references, "Grosse Pointe Blank" is a decent offbeat flick that manages to entertain but doesn`t make much of an impression. John Cusack plays a hitman who goes to a highschool reunion in his hometown. He meets his ex-girlfriend (played by Minnie Driver) whom he left ten years ago, and some contrived situations unfold in the process. His job causes a couple of problems, so he figures out that it`s better to choose another kind of life. Although this movie is witty at parts, it doesn`t work very well as a whole and seems too disjointed to convince. The acting is ok, the directing isn`t bad and the soundtrack is good enough (Violent Femmes, The Cure, The Clash, Eels,...), yet the plot and pacing are just too flawed and uneven. This kind of stuff has been done before (and better) in movies like "True Love", so "Grosse Pointe Blank" ends up being a mildly interesting but ultimately disposable effort.
As watchable as it is forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bright comedy on a dark subject June 6 2002
It is not easy to make a murderer a sympathetic and likeable character, but this movie succeeeds in doing just that. As Blank, Cusack does a great job portraying a professional killer who is beginning to get disillusioned with his job. It's not guilt - he feels he is only killing bad people - but a feeling that his life is empty.
During this period of spiritual blight, Blank gets an invitation to his high school reunion, which also happens to be near where his next job should be. Since he disappeared right before his senior prom, he knows that there will be some fences to mend, in particular with his abandoned prom date, played by Minnie Driver.
This is all brilliant comedy, as Blank tries to reunite with his old love and think about a more legitimate life, all the while pursued by government agents and other killers. There are a lot of great lines and funny moments and this is a showcase for Cusack, who, while always a great actor, particularly shines here. His sister Joan, playing Blank's assistant, is also exceptional in her limited role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A KILLER COMEDY... May 20 2002
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is an offbeat, black comedy about a hit man, Martin Blank (John Cusack), who is undergoing some personal angst about his career choice. He sees a psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin), who, once he becomes aware of his patient's profession, wants nothing more to do with him. Moreover, a most unlikely, rival hit man (Dan Ackroyd) is on his tail, looking to clear the field of a potential rival.
What's a conflicted hit man to do? Why go to his tenth year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, of course. There, "Marty" plans to do his final hit and hook up with his high school sweetheart, Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), whom he unceremoniously stood up on prom night, ten years earlier. Once he gets there, however, things do not go according to plan, and "Marty" is in store for a few surprises.
John Cusack is terrific as the hit man, playing him with just the right blend of sangfroid cool and, at other times, with all the charm of the boy next door. Dan ackroyd is funny as the unlikely, rival hit man. Alan Arkin is excellent as the shrink who does not want "Marty" as his patient. Minnie Driver is the least compelling of those cast in this film, as she adds very little to its success. Joan Cusack, John Cusack's real life sibling, more than makes up for the gap left by Driver, however, as she infuses the role of Marcella, "Marty's" gal friday, with enough pizazz to shore up the film.
All in all this is a surprisingly entertaining film. Unfortunately, the DVD offers next to nothing by way of special features. Do not, however, let this deter you from buying this funny and unusual film.
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John Cusack seems incapable of doing wrong ( Con Air excepted! ) and this little gem reminds us of his great range. I became a fan of his during the early teen-comedy days of 'Better off Dead' and 'The Sure Thing', but this actor is a future Oscar-winner, just wait and see!
The film follows the high school reunion dilemma of Cusack's character, Martin Blank, who has to balance his desire to return to his home town of Grosse Point and meet his old girlfriend, with his unconventional dayjob of professional hitman. Minnie Driver plays the love interest, and the other cast members provide able support - and yes, this even applies to Dan Ackroyd!
The movie works so well because we like most of the characters in it! Cusack's character is obviously disfunctional, and the early scenes with his adopted psychiatrist Alan Arkin are hysterical. The scenes with his real-life sister Joan, all held over the phone, also are played mostly for laughs, as she arranges his next 'job' as if it were the most normal thing in the world. And yet at the heart of this there lies a story of unrequited love, and therin lies its soul.
The violence in the film is slickly done, and not over-glamourised, apart from the action-comedy fest that is the store shoot-out scene, where the store attendant plays out his fantasy violence on a video game while behind him all hell is breaking loose for real. It also features quite possibly the most realistic martial arts fight scene ever committed to celluloid as Cusack has to fight for his life in the corridor of his old school with a rival hitman sent to kill him. Joe Pesci's imaginative use for a pen in 'Casino' is re-visited here, so be warned!
However the film as a whole is more than the sum of it's parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grosse Pointe Blank
I just love this movie.a must see John Cusack is terrific in this movie great cast funny and lots of action.
Published 5 months ago by Dion
3.0 out of 5 stars 25th Anniversary Addition, Tbbbbb!
I enjoy the movie, which is why I bought it, but if you advertise a 25th anniversary edition there should be something extra to make it
a special addition. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, great writing and acting. Cast was great.
Highly recommended for an enjoyable evening. John Cusack and his sister Joan were right on, and Minnie Driver was very entertaining.
Published 11 months ago by David Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Gross Point review of OLD reviews of Grosse Pointe Blank
Grosse Pointe Blank is most probably one of, if not THE best work of John Cusack as an actor/comedian. He is also co-writer and co-producer on this one. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2012 by Daniel Martel
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly sharp-edged for a Hollywood satire
The dark satiric elements of this film are terrific - equating the
moral emptiness of a hit man's career with the moral emptiness of
modern America is spot on. Read more
Published on May 24 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Cusack's best
this is by far one of John Cusacks best movies and one of his great roles as he is a hitman who returns to his home state for a little high school reuion and everyone wants to know... Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius starring John Cusack
Martin Q. Blank is a hitman about to attend his 10-year high school reunion and face the prom date he ditched a decade ago. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by momazon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great dark comedy...
This 1997 dark comedy is a great flick. John Cusack plays a former government agent turned independent hit man who has had enough, and is goaded, by his secretary (played by... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2002 by jmk444
5.0 out of 5 stars very dark, very funny
A love story involving a contract killer? YES. Probably John Cusack's finest work, next of course to High Fidelity. Alan Arkin as Dr. Oatman, Dan Ackroyd as the rival hitman. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a great, funny, crazy movie? You found it!
This is not a typical movie. It is fast paced, full of action and hilarious. The characters are portrayed so perfectly, you feel as if you a part of the story. Read more
Published on July 11 2002
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