movie thoughts: Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

I was obsessed with this movie when it first came out on video while I was in high school.  Every girl has her John Cusack phase, and this was the movie that started it for me.

So I was a little worried when I popped it into the VCR on Tuesday night.  Sometimes the movies we loved in high school turn out to be pretty bad when we rewatch them as adults.  Luckily, this was not the case with Grosse Pointe Blank.  Solid cast, solid writing, and a great soundtrack. 

Martin Blank is a professional killer.  As fate would have it, his next job takes him back to his hometown of Grosse Pointe, a few days before his 10 year high school reunion.  The town that he fled on prom night and had not been back to since.  The night he left his girlfriend sitting on the front porch while he had a less-than-a-quarter life crisis.  In the midst of his nostalgic visit, he finds himself followed by Dan Ackroyd’s character, another hitman, who wants to form a sort of union for professional killers.  Martin has turned him down so he wants to get him out of the way. 

Okay, it is hard to describe, but you get the gist — this is a dark comedy with lots of laugh out loud moments.  John Cusack at his best, in my opinion.  He’s not just playing an adult Lloyd Dobbler, Martin Blank is a unique character.  One of his best comedies that deserves a little more attention.  If you need a rental for your next popcorn night, I totally recommend Grosse Pointe Blank.

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