Grosse Pointe Blank

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Grosse Pointe Blank Review


John Cusack returns to film after a string of disappointments (City Hall, Money For Nothing) with... yet another disappointment! Grosse Pointe Blank is full of possibilities (a great hook, a sharp cast, and a wry cynicism that is shamefully lacking from film these days) but comes up short on all sides. As Martin Blank, Cusack had the chance to portray a hitman coming to terms with his own mortality on the eve of his high school reunion. And while he performs with characteristic charm and sly sarcasm, as do his compatriots (including Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, and the object of his affection Minnie Driver), it's the blown opportunities for hit-it-home funniness that really make the whole experience somewhat lackluster. Apart from that, Grosse Pointe Blank is really a poorly made movie on a technical level. Editing, cinematography, and continuity are all just plain bad, and together they give the impression of an amateurish rush job, despite the fact that the film is already dated (taking place in 1996). Let's hope Romy and Michele have more to offer next week....

In a crucial scene, Cusack chews off his own hand.



Grosse Pointe Blank

Facts and Figures

Run time: 107 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th April 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $28.1M

Distributed by: Buena Vista Internationa

Production compaines: Caravan Pictures, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Hollywood Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 52 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Martin Q. Blank, as Debi Newberry, as Grocer, as Marcella, as Dr. Oatman, as Steven Lardner, as Kenneth McCullers, as Paul Spericki, Mitchell Ryan as Mr. Bart Newberry (as Mitchell Ryan), David Barrett as Bicycle Messenger, Michael Cudlitz as Bob Destepello

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