The third film in this very personal list of my All-Time Top 10 Films is the awesomely outstanding ‘Grosse Pointe Blank‘.
The premise (we don’t see this but it’s critical to the plot):
High-school student Martin Blank (John Cusack) has a crisis of confidence on Prom night. He runs away, and joins the US Army, leaving his girlfriend Debi Newberry Minnie Driver), at home in her Prom dress.
Fast-forward ten years and Martin is now a freelance hitman. Through a series of incidents Martin finds himself back in his home town – Grosse Pointe, Michigan – tracking down friends and family. Things happen. Dark things, comedic things.
It is very easy to draw parallels between certain aspects of this film, and my own life. I don’t know if that’s the main reason why I rate it as highly as Number Three, but it is undoubtedly a factor.
That and the fact that I want to be John Cusack when I grow up.
I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve seen this film. I have the DVD – I bought it when I lived in Manchester.
The cast is an interesting blend of styles; Minnie Driver looks cute and sexy and doesn’t make the palm of my hand itch. John Cusack is just too fucking cool for school.
The plot is ridiculous.
The film is funny.
The soundtrack is, like Mr Cusack, too fucking cool for school.
To show you what I mean about the soundtrack, here are just some of the tracks featured in the film.