Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Starring: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Arkin, Hank Azaria
Director: George Armitage
Writer(s): Tom Jankiewicz, D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack
Studio: Caravan Pictures
Runtime: 107 Minutes
Rated: R for strong violence, language and some drug content
A comedy about a hit man, a high school reunion, and the girl he left behind.
A contract killer contemplating his path in life is sent an invitation to his 10 year high school reunion. The Combination of a love lost and a contract in Grosse Pointe, Michigan lead Martin back to his home town. Begrudgingly, Martin goes back home to confront his old life, and the love of his life that he left on Prom Night, only to see his two worlds collide, leading Martin to re-think his path in life.
This is one of the best movies of the 90s that never got the recognition it deserved. On a low budget in a year that saw many big budget films, Grosse Pointe Blank flew under the radar, but through the years has garnered a serious cult following. The premise is very entertaining, but it is a combination of the actors and the soundtrack that makes this movie a piece of cinematic history. It is one of those films that picked up steam once it was released in the video stores.
This is one of those rare jewels that did not do well at the box office, but defined a decade in it’s video store afterlife. This movie is personable, intriguing, and with the help of great acting, and a fun soundtrack makes this movie a must see, and a sentimental piece for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. This movie has made its way into my personal collection as it reminds me of a better time in movies and in life, but does not become lame with time as some movies do. The fact is, this is one of those cult movies that gets better with time, I highly recommend to anyone I know. “BING BING BING, POPCORN!”