GROSS POINTE BLANK [1997] movie review

June 29, 2013 · Print This Article

I have written before about movies that I think were made just to put together a cool soundtrack. GROSSE POINTE BLANK [1997] is one of those such movies, as on its own it is an awkward blend of comedy, violence and high school nostalgia.

It seems John Cusack has a lot of devoted fans, I am not one of them. This movie also negatively effected my memory of Minnie Driver as an actress, or perhaps it was just the role as it was written, but her character was weird, silly and wore pants to a high school reunion after holding a 10-year grudge that she bought a $700 prom dress and got stood up.

Cusack plays perhaps the most unbelievable hitman in cinema history. He makes what he does for a living seem as nonchalant as being a paperboy. He gets a job that just happens to be in his same small town in Michigan at the same time his 10 year high school reunion is going to happen. Driver is the girl he stood up on prom night who he tries to win back.

Around the story line are a number of offbeat scenes that really did not work for me. It is not a surprise to me that the director, George Armitage, has just a bunch of B movies on his resume. How he got A-list talent in a movie in 1997 is beyond me.

Perhaps most awkward of all was the small part played by Dan Aykroyd showing up as a fellow hitman wanting to unionize. He seemed to be very out of date in this, like seeing a SNL skit show up in the middle of a movie.

The only entertaining part of GROSSE POINT BLANK, the aforementioned soundtrack featuring mostly 80s classics.


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