Ep 30: Grosse Pointe Blank

Some minor dissent among the hosts on Grosse Pointe Blank, but overall, lots of love for a great story well-told. And Joan Cusack rocks.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 4.5 Pops
I love this movie, and not just because of John Cusack. It deals with the darkness essential to being a hitman, without falling into the pit of brooding, guilt and redemption. While I would argue that the structure gets a bit muddy, and I have reservations about hitman love under even the best of circumstances, it’s a joy to watch, and a wonderfully written film.

Structure: 4, Comedy: 5, Romance: 4.5

Jenny says: 5 Pops
One of the few romances that gets the Hitman in Love trope right by making who Martin Blank is an integral part of the romance plot, fueling why he left the love of his life and why he came back to her while demonstrating his devotion with a hail of bullets and a cast iron frying pan.  I love this movie.

Structure: 5, Comedy: 5, Romance: 5

Special Guest Alastair Stephens says: 4.5 Pops
Martin Blank is a great character and ninety minutes of John Cusack is enjoyable under any circumstances — except, perhaps, Better Off Dead — but the remarkable thing about this movie is that it over-delivers in almost every way.  The script is deft and complex, the pacing is tight, the supporting cast is fantastic and this, for me, is the performance of Cusack’s career.  If only Minnie Driver had brought a little warmth to her role, and her character been a little more developed, it would be five pops all round.

Structure: 5, Comedy: 5, Romance: 4

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: A hitman goes home for his tenth high school reunion and courts a past love while dealing with the chaos of his current enemies.   Release Date: April 11, 1997 Writers: Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, and John Cusack