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Grosse Pointe Blank

1997
Romance
Comedy
1h 47m
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. (imdb)
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Grosse Pointe Blank

1997
Romance
Comedy
1h 47m
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Rated 26 Sep 2012
95
99th
Welcome to a magical world where Jeremy Piven was genuinely funny, Dan Aykroyd made a strong comeback, Minnie Driver was the most likable woman to ever speak without a British accent, and John Cusack carried a gun and wasn't in a children's movie or a big budget visual atrocity.
Rated 02 Jul 2018
75
65th
Doom 2 arcade cabinet.
Rated 01 Mar 2021
72
64th
There's a lot to enjoy about this, and it comes across as surprisingly feelgood despite some pretty dark elements. Cusack is at his best here, and the supporting cast are useful foils. Good soundtrack too. Some of it definitely stretches credibility, but it's fun enough to get away with it.
Rated 22 Jul 2012
35
10th
One of those paradox comedies: too stupid to be funny and, simultaneously, not stupid enough to be funny. The soundtrack is good though, and John Cusack does a decent job, hence it gets a few points.
Rated 05 Sep 2008
85
85th
Another Cusack Classic that makes me wish he co-wrote his own scripts more often, because they really tailor to his unique vocal patterns when he does. It's not as good as High Fidelity (not much is), but this story of a hitman going through an existential crisis is a terrific dark comedy -- Aykroyd and Arkin are hilarious, as is Piven. Great concept, great characters, great soundtrack, great everything. A quirky little rom-com that I just plain loved.
Rated 16 Sep 2009
52
31st
On paper, this story sounds hilarious, but GBP ends up carefully treading a line just below where it should be. Not quite dark enough nor funny enough nor romantic enough to be considered a "dark romantic comedy", it falls into a nameless genre of its own. I got no laughs out of it, I thought the romance was very superficial, and the film seemed to grind to a halt at the reunion. At least John Cusack was pretty charismatic.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
63
53rd
Ultimate deadpan Gen Xer comedy. Soulless yuppie comes back home for high school reunion. He also happens to kill people for money. His classmates keep asking him what he does for a living, and when he tells them they think he's joking. His name is "Blanc", his mother has Alzheimer's and his house is a Quickiemart. In other words, he's nowhere. Cusack and Driver have great chemistry and make a believable couple.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
69
73rd
There are no gutbusting laughs here, no complex plot. It's basically a story of a high school reunion and going home. It manages to be charming despite some fairly dark subject matter and all in all was very entertaining.
Rated 18 Dec 2006
90
50th
Assassins have bad days at work too. Grosse Pointe Blank portrays the human face of the killing business - whether its pressure to join the union or competition from the new kid on the block to avoiding giving a full description of your embarrassing vocation at your high-school reunion. As Cussack comes to terms with his mid-life crisis and tries to work out whether or not dispatching people for money "is really me", Acroyd dances around him seeking to recruit his full cooperation or drive him
Rated 27 Mar 2007
80
77th
This is the John Cusack I will always remember. This is John Cusack at the height of his career to me, when he was doing his best work. A solid, straight forward film that does exactly what you expect it to do. Very refreshing to watch.
Rated 02 Apr 2007
68
45th
Enjoyable caper. Going with the idea of Dan Ackroyd as an assassin is a bit of a stretch, but he keeps the laughs coming, so it's OK. This also sets a record for being the only movie with Minnie Driver in it that I haven't instantly hated.
Rated 03 Apr 2007
82
71st
Very quotable, very entertaining.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
80th
An entertaining little movie with memorable performances from Dan Aykroyd and John Cusack. It's a wacky plot, granted, but they really pull it together and make it work with this one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
81st
I love John Cusack. That's a pretty good preface as to why I love this movie. It's a hilarious DARK comedy. Even Dan Akroyd (I'm sure that's spelled wrong) is good as the villain.
Rated 22 Apr 2008
74
50th
john cusak is quirky dude, in the role he was born to play. And plays, every time we see him. But yeah i like this movie.
Rated 30 Mar 2020
55
14th
Well-cast (with one exception) dark comedy falters in its execution because its unclear how seriously we are meant to take this - Cusack is never credible as a genuine hit-man, though the film takes his status as one seriously, and the logic in the motivations of its supporting characters don't make much sense (there's great potential in a film with Cusack as a blithering mess of a hit-man surviving on luck). A good soundtrack, and a nice part for Driver, are really the only selling points here.
Rated 21 Oct 2008
77
74th
It's not bust-a-gut hilarious, but the writing must be terribly brilliant because we accept Cusack's assassin character as not only human, but we root for his retribution and escape from his murderous ways. The acting here is great if a little bit odd for an already out-of-place film, but I think that's more the plot being so wacky. When all is said and done, "GPB" is a comedic blast with some blood and violence mixed in, a lot of quirky antics and a strong performance from John Cusack.
Rated 28 Jul 2013
87
73rd
This was a lot of fun. Thought it was a smart rom com with an interesting dark subject matter.
Rated 01 Jun 2009
85
88th
Besides clever, the film is a well done mixture of tension, action, much comedy, being difficult to classify the film in a single genre. John Cusack and Dan Aykroyd are great here. I also highlight the soundtrack, pretty cool.
Rated 05 May 2012
60
31st
Falls a little too much into the neighborhood of generic romantic comedy. Doesn't really do much to distinguish itself from the crowd in that department. John Cusack's character seems more like a walking sitcom premise than an actual assassin. Dan Aykroyd's presence is pretty much always underwhelming, but at least Joan Cusack's scenes are funny.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
90
72nd
Modern classic for sure. Cusack does gallows humor better then anyone you know. It's the movie that made you love Minnie Driver and laugh at a Dan Aykroyd as an actor again and not just as a failing human being.
Rated 20 Oct 2009
70
53rd
POPCORN!!!
Rated 26 Jun 2017
62
29th
I did not like that they showed killing as something funny and casual. Also the main character was not believable as a killer. The plot was very predictable. My feeling after I saw this movie was that it was something very stupid and slightly entertaining.
Rated 04 Jul 2023
70
52nd
I can suspend my disbelief for a lot of things, but not that a radio station that cool would exist in this small of a town. I am guessing that Alan Arkin filmed his scenes over an afternoon. After lunch, but still early enough not to miss dinner. I used to think Spawn had the best soundtrack of the 90s, but revisiting this, it's still Spawn.
Rated 03 Jan 2016
79
68th
Slick, witty and inventive, Grosse Pointe Blank is one of those films that has held up through countless rewatches, and given enough time in between, still charms and thrills just as much as it did on release. The chemistry of the leads is particularly memorable, and I'm still not sure Cusack has ever equalled this role, but the standout element is the honesty of emotion packed into a pulpy crime flick. A quirky nostalgia trip for 80s and 90s high school kids alike.
Rated 30 Aug 2010
86
80th
I was expecting this to be fun and entertaining, and it surprised me by having an incredibly tight script, with lots of awesome subtle moments, and a great cast. John Cusack is perfect for this type of character, and Minnie Driver is adorable. Very good at itself.
Rated 04 Sep 2010
30
11th
Yet another 'off-beat' indie that plays it safe in too many areas to make the most out of any potential. Not terrible but just terribly flat: plot, humour, romance, drama all coming up well below standard, and not half as quirky as it thinks it is. The 'funny' final shootout is anything but, and just feels tacked-on in order to end it all and justify the assassin subject matter. One of those where you can read the cast list and plot outline and pretty much visualise the entire thing.
Rated 11 Mar 2017
85
48th
It's a bit of an off-beat dark comedy. What would happen if a professional assassin came back for his ten year high school reunion? What if said assassin was having second thoughts about his career? These are the questions explored here. It's not an amazing plot, but is amusing and entertaining if you happen to like dark comedy that is.
Rated 29 Jan 2013
7
64th
Definitelty surprised me. Very easy to watch and the soundtrack is spectacular.
Rated 20 Apr 2011
86
83rd
Fantastic film. I though Aykroyd was brilliant along with Cusack. Minnie Driver was great as always. There is just something about the feel of this movie that makes it work so well.
Rated 28 Dec 2006
85
55th
completely ridiculous and delightful. and no it's not just because i have a soft spot for john cusack. really.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
55
49th
Quite good.
Rated 04 Mar 2007
83
73rd
A smart, dark comedy that allows Cusack to throw his spin into the plot adding yet another lovable character to the list of characters he has played.
Rated 26 May 2007
80
89th
Cusack is the man
Rated 01 Jun 2007
80
52nd
Highly enjoyable. Cusack and Driver are great in their roles. Funny, unique dialogue and situations. It might have delved more into the emotional storyline a bit more.
Rated 03 Jul 2007
85
68th
Cusack at his most charming.
Rated 02 Aug 2007
40
26th
Wonderful concept but dragged down by slow pacing which makes the film feel like it isn't living up to its full potential.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
51st
John Cusack is a hitman who stops in on his high school reunion while in town to do a job. Some surprisingly funny low-key humor.
Rated 05 Oct 2021
20
2nd
Am I high or why is everyone rating this like it's hangover pizza? It's a loosely stringed array of scenes from fifteen different movie genres. It's a romance, thriller, dramedy, conspiracy spy parody, mental health drama, action, buddy comedy, farce, reunion movie and it ends up being an unrecognisable amalgam of everything and nothing. Tonal shifts are as jarring as disco strobes on LSD. Not charming, thrilling, intriguing or funny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
27th
A typical John Cusack vehicle, the soundtrack being considerably better than the movie itself, which is a very smug and pretentious romantic comedy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
3rd
Unwatchable, pointless.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
92nd
The Tone is perfect/ Both Dark and quite lighthearted/Extremely Funny
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
35th
Fun premise... And I like Cusack and Driver. Aykroyd is deliciously good icing on the cake.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
67th
Highly enjoyable dysfunctional comedy. Well acted and written.
Rated 14 Jan 2015
76
75th
Just as much fun as the plot summary (assassin ends up at his high school reunion) promises.
Rated 14 Sep 2012
82
95th
great black comedy. i definitely like it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
75th
A smart, black comedy, about a hitman who re-encounter's an old flame.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
91st
Nigh Pitch Perfect
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
42nd
A good Cusack film.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
65
32nd
cheesey entertainment.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
86
50th
Uneven, but still damn good. Finally, a perfect frame for John to brood in.
Rated 19 Jul 2020
86
39th
It's okay to put this on and nostalgize about a simpler, happier day gone by.
Rated 07 Dec 2014
81
67th
Strikes a balance between the hitman plot and the romantic/nostalgic elements well, with a very well-picked soundtrack and a good cast - Dan Aykroyd as the big villian works very well. The comic setpieces are good, and the film, while shot relatively conservatively, impresses with a realistic, down-to-earth depiction of the setting, with a few stylistic flashes to keep it interesting. Unfortunately paced a little oddly - the first act takes a long time to get going and the back end suffers.
Rated 22 Sep 2007
95
85th
Edgy, intelligent and hilarious. Loved this movie! Plus, a very fun 80's soundtrack to boot - can't beat that.
Rated 23 Oct 2007
90
71st
i dunno why i liked it. probably the shooting scenes. even though it seemed like he closed his eyes when he was shooting.
Rated 04 Nov 2007
55
47th
entertaining.
Rated 14 Nov 2007
85
66th
I love this movie. Funny, well acted, overall awesome. I particularly love the last half hour. Fantastic.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
25
24th
i can't remember what this is about, so must not have enjoyed it.
Rated 28 May 2020
68
23rd
Smart script, but for some reason doesn't realize its full potential. I think it's because it cannot choose whether it's a rom com with a hint of suspense or vice versa, and what we end up with is a confused rhythm and tone. Still, not unfun.
Rated 01 Dec 2014
3
38th
Shockingly effective marriage of action/crime film and romantic comedy. Dan Akroyd, pre-hair-plugs Jeremy Piven, and the more talented Cusack turn in especially enjoyable performances.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
81
94th
Great music, fun performances, great line delivery.
Rated 29 May 2008
93
94th
Damn this film is good. Cusack doing his best Cusack impression, and pulls off the best hitman goes home type character ever. Unique and black. One of the best.
Rated 29 May 2008
81
74th
The sound track to the film is awesome which just adds to making this film equally as good.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
62
56th
An assassin returns to a high-school reunion? Hilarity ensues.
Rated 06 Jun 2008
65
57th
Funny, entertaining, and charming.
Rated 25 Feb 2015
75
67th
It's pretty good but not great. It's pretty funny and what a way to reignite the guy goes home for a reunion scenario.
Rated 15 Jun 2012
95
88th
Dan Aykroyd's last good movie
Rated 02 Jul 2008
85
92nd
Thoroughly enjoyable comedy.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
82
41st
Great soundtrack and I do love John Cusack. The plot is interesting but what is up with Dan Ackroyd? I know he's the bad guy in the film but he just seemed like he was cast wrong, or rather the character was cast wrong.
Rated 10 Aug 2008
82
77th
Cute, like most John Cusack movies.
Rated 19 Sep 2008
99
97th
Love this film! WinWinWin
Rated 21 Mar 2020
75
55th
That is a lot of 80s music in a late 90s film.
Rated 24 Dec 2023
60
35th
I don't know what it is about this movie, but it didn't just keep me invested. I've seen a lot of praise for this movie and it's got a great cast and an awesome soundtrack. So many good tracks riddled in there, but... it just didn't grab me. Maybe I just needed more hitman stuff and less cheesy romance? A little bit darker, it would have been funnier (to me).
Rated 15 Nov 2008
55
63rd
If someone else suggests it I never say no.
Rated 20 Nov 2008
95
55th
The setting for this is just about exactly in my own generation, though I was listening to a more top-40 soundtrack during my high school years. This is my favorite John Cusack movie ever, and usually hovering in or near my permanent top 20.
Rated 05 Dec 2008
73
67th
quirky, funny & well written !
Rated 30 Dec 2008
93
54th
The perfect mix of pathos and comedy.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
60
29th
John Cusack has played the same character since 1947.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
95
88th
Just re-watched this. What a clever film. Great soundtrack too. Dan Aykroyd steals the show. He needs more roles like this.
Rated 17 Jun 2009
70
59th
It actually has bits of violence, but it all gets in the background to Cusack chasing Driver, the love of his life, when coming back to his High School Reunion while on the job as a hitman. His sister Joan isn't her usual nauseating self either, thank god.
Rated 27 Jun 2009
70
64th
Overall Enjoyment: 30/40, Plot/Themes: 15/20, Cinematography/Direction: 10/20, Acting/Writing: 15/20
Rated 16 Jul 2009
85
72nd
A multi-genre mashup that works. All the pleasures of a school reunion movie combined with a quirky romance and an even quirkier crime plot, and somehow it all makes sense and even feels more intelligent than many of the things it riffs on.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
71
70th
Well performed, involving crime comedy. One or two really great scenes and Cusack is excellent. Enjoyed Aykroyd too.
Rated 08 May 2022
85
93rd
This is so 90’s in the best way possible, it has that signature postmodern philosophical dark humor, that nihilism for modern life, embodied of course by morally bankrupt John Cusack which I ADORE. Fantastic character, fantastic acting, fantastic dialogue. Really funny with nice touch of depression
Rated 12 May 2013
75
73rd
Action, funny - very good.
Rated 21 Oct 2009
80
58th
G.P.B. is an entertaining flick that I must admit, shocked me. I had never sat down and watched it because I'm not a fan of John Cusack. I found him to be enjoyable and subdued which was fitting for the role of the burned out assassin. Dan Akroyd provided a likeable badguy which I always love. Alan Arkin was awesome and Jeremy Piven was Jeremy Piven! The movie initially starts slow but really picks up when he returns home. G.P.B. also has one of the best soundtracks I have heard in years!
Rated 03 Nov 2009
92
89th
The last shootout is so awesome.
Rated 28 Apr 2013
100
84th
One of the best movies John Cusack, Minnie Driver and Dan Akroyd ever starred in.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
73
26th
Popcorn! Just a good little dark comedy with some action to pass the time.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
91
86th
An elegant thriller. Clean efficient plotting plus a lot of charater and atmosphere. The two Cusacks are wonderful together.
Rated 31 Jan 2010
75
31st
great soundtrack, but it already feels really dated.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
65
42nd
Pretty cheesy nostalgia film that hasn't held up with time. Cusack is alright but the entire film feels like one long 80's homage cash in. Not all that original.
Rated 11 Mar 2010
88
95th
A lot of movies try to squeeze comedy out of "Crime-meets-Suburbia." Few get it right. Grosse Pointe Blank does. Cool and funny.
Rated 10 May 2017
80
78th
I have yet to give a bad score to a movie where someone is killed with a writing utensil.
Rated 19 Feb 2013
80
72nd
I've inherited my love for Cusack from my mom. It's all self-explanatory on why I love this film, really.
Rated 19 Aug 2010
85
51st
This has a little bit of everything here--comedy, crime thriller and especially romance. Cusack is charming and so likeable as the lead character. Great ensemble cast and a great script make this a fun movie to watch. Highly recommended!
Rated 02 Aug 2011
35
32nd
I don't understand why this movie isn't more popular. It's amazingly well written, charmingly acted and overall a fun fucking movie. The climax is one of my favourite scenes in any movie.
Rated 06 Aug 2011
70
75th
It's a very merry Cusack reunion, starring John, Joan, Bill, and Ann...and probably a few more that we didn't know existed.
Rated 13 Dec 2011
88
85th
I liked it from start to finish. Jeremy Piven and Dan Aykroyd are absolutely hilarious.
Rated 13 Dec 2011
100
99th
This movie keeps getting better ever time I watch it! John Cusack & Minnie Driver make a great team. Plus it has Dan Aykroyd like you have never seen him before. A great mix of action and comedy.

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