Monday, March 28, 2016

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Director: George Armitage

Writers: Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack

Starring: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Hank Azaria, K. Todd Freeman, Jeremy Piven, Mitchell Ryan, Michael Cudlitz, Benny Urquidez, Ann Cusack, Jenna Elfman

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Even A Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot!

Plot:  Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

Fun flick.  I'm the same age that Martin (Cusack) is so the music takes me back a ways and I can identify with some of the film.  Not the assassin part.  I only dabbled in that and that was during the Carter administration.  Yeah, I was a kid but it was fun at first until it wasn't and then it was scary and I missed my mommy on the out of town gigs.  Cusack is a lot of fun.  Aykroyd gets too silly sometimes but I love his straight forward delivery.  It's a cute picture with a lot of things conveniently falling into place at just the right time but it's no classic like so many folks deem it.  It might be because it took me nearly twenty years to get around to watching it.  Who knows. 

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