|"Grosse Pointe Blank" is one of the best overlooked films of the last ten years. John Cusack stars as Martin Q. Blank, a jaded hitman who finds himself having an identity crisis upon being invited to his 10 year high school reunion. "The film was about feeling lost and unloved," says Cusack, who also co-wrote the film. Martin, who ran away on prom night, became "Michigan's most famous disappearing act since white light," when he freaked out, joined the army, went into business for himself and became a professional killer. By stroke of luck, Martin's next hit is to take place in his old home town of Grosse Pointe. While meandering around there, he runs across Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), the girl he jilted on prom night, who hosts a radio show. The self-serving Grocer (Dan Aykroyd) is Martin's fast talking adversary, who slyly implores Martin to join a union with him while simultaneously trying to turn him over to the CIA. Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin) is Martin's exasperated and reluctant therapist, who informed Martin he couldn't work with him when learning of his occupation, and yet continues to listen to him, offering half-hearted advice like "don't kill anybody."
Add clever, witty dialogue that grows on you with each viewing, a kicking soundtrack full of '80s hits and a little action and obtuse romance and you have a wonderful little film that should have enjoyed far more success.
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