Grosse Pointe Blank

Director:George Armitage
Writers:Tom Jankiewicz, Steve Pink and John Cusack
Director of Photography:Jamie Anderson
Editor:Brian Berdan
Music:Joe Strummer
Production Designer:Stephen Altman
Producers:Susan Arnold, Donna Arkoff Roth and Roger Birnbaum
Hollywood Pictures; R; 106 minutes
Cast:John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack and Hank Azaria
Based on a story by Tom Jankiewicz

A dark comedy with a romantic twist, or perhaps a twisted romantic comedy. Martin Q. Blank (Cusack), a “successful” hit man, returns to his native Grosse Pointe, Michigan, for his high-school reunion and, coincidentally, his next and possibly last hit. While in town, he seeks out his only true love, Debi (Driver), a quirky yet endearing radio DJ. Not to be outdone by his vaunting classmates, Blank boasts, “I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork.” A fun, oddball movie with cleverly imagined characters, though at times the graphic violence mutes the humor.

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