Per IMDb: “Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.”
The IMDb synopsis is pretty right on. Martin doesn’t want to go back to his hometown of Detroit to the reunion. It turns out because he left there, basically abandoning the girl he loved to run off to do some killin’. Killing is his business and business is good. But, Martin has competition in the assassin business: an arrogant mound of a dude called Grocer (Aykroyd), who is constantly trying to get Martin to join his little assassins’ union. Martin isn’t interested and tells Grocer so.
When Martin takes a job to whack someone in the Detroit Suburb of Grosse Point (that’s a real place, by the way), he unknowingly takes the job out from under Grocer and Grocer isn’t happy. He sends in some government agents (Hank Azaria and K. Todd Freeman) to take Martin down, but they have to see him commit the crimes.
While in Grosse Point, Martin comes across his ex-girlfriend (and the gal he stood up for their senior prom), Debi (Driver) a DJ on a local radio station. She calls him out on the air and ridicules him to no end. But, there’s a lot of weirdness looming and Martin starts picking up on it. He starts reconsidering his position in life. Do the gub’ment hitmen get to him? Does Grocer? Does he get the girl? Does he enjoy his reunion? You’ll have to watch to find out.
The dry humor in this film is really on point(e). Cusack and his sister, Joan, remarkably work well in films together and she plays his secretary/handler. Aykroyd’s filthy mouth is outside the norm of what you’re used to with him, but it works. I love the back and forth between the two of them. I also think that Minnie Driver was gorgeous in this film. She wasn’t immune to silliness, either. There are some violent moments in the film but it’s kind of offset, the entire time, by humor – even whilst the violence is happening. Again, the humor, the dark set that it is, makes this movie all that it is.
The parts that Martin have with his psychologist Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin) are some of the absolute best dialog in the film. I can’t really fault this picture for any wrong doing. Rotten Tomatoes has it rated at 79% Fresh with an Audience Score of 87%. IMDb has it rated as 7.4 stars out of 10. I saw this on Netflix and I rate it 4 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to read/hear me review?
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“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s, well, broken.” – Debi