Grosse Pointe Blank

Year: 1997
Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: George Armitage
Producer: Roger Birnbaum
Writer: John Cusack/Steve Pink/Jeremy Piven
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Arkin, Joan Cusack, Hank Azaria, Jeremy Piven
Many people saw this as an undisputed classic, Cusack the auteur rather than Cusack the commercial fodder. And while I appreciated some of the black humour, it's hardly Tarantino.

Produced by, written by and starring Cusack along with his peers Jeremy Piven and Steve Pink, he plays Martin, a professional assassin who has a job to carry out in the small town where his 10 year high school reunion is going on.

He awkwardly tries to reconnect with his former sweetheart Debi (Driver) and changes his tune when the target turns out to be her laid back father. The whole time, in a theatre-of-the-absurd fixture, a more experienced pro (Aykroyd) menaces Martin to form a union.

Plenty wry but not terribly funny.

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