A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While much of the film deals with revenge, anger, and cold-blooded murder, a sense of regret and possible hopefulness emerges, and Martin tries to do the right thing by Debi.
Positive Role Models
Martin is a professional assassin; while he ultimately seems to question his choices and wish for a different kind of life, he's hardly a clear-cut role model. Debi is a spirited woman who's very capable of standing up for herself.
Violence & Scariness
The story revolves around muder and violence; there are shoot-outs, fights, chases, destruction, and deaths. One character is stabbed in the neck with a pen, and there's a lot of blood; another is smashed over the head with an appliance. A corpse is dealt with. Impending arson is implied. Characters cower in fear/peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirting/banter, a couple of passionate kisses, and one scene in which a woman removes her shirt (no nudity shown), implying more action to come.
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Several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "oh my God," "damn," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking (in a couple of cases to excess -- by minor characters), and some references to cocaine. Martin finds an old joint but doesn't smoke it; in another scene, a character does smoke pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grosse Point Blank is a dark, quirky comedy about a professional assassin (John Cusack) -- so you can expect many violent confrontations and some blood. For example, in the opening scene, three men are brutally shot at close range; later, a character is stabbed and killed in the neck with a pen. Relationships are relatively mature, and there's strong language throughout, including "f--k" and "s--t." Characters also drink, smoke, and occasionally use/talk about drugs; there are one or two passionate kisses. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Cusack fans -- and there are many -- are bound to enjoy GROSSE POINTE BLANK, which is a quirky mix of dark humor, startling violence, and banter-filled romance. There are traces of Cusack's iconic Say Anything character Lloyd Dobler in the angsty, quippy Martin Blank -- if Lloyd's relationship with Diane had gone off the rails, you could almost picture the kickboxing underdog channeling his pain into Martin's deadly lifestyle.
Though Cusack, Driver, and the rest of their Grosse Pointe High classmates seem a bit too old to be having their 10th reunion (15th probably didn't have quite the same hook?), the reunion setting offers lots of opportunities for both humor and self-reflection ... amid chases and fights, of course. Cusack's sister Joan has a memorably funny supporting role as Martin's gung-ho assistant, and the movie's soundtrack -- which includes Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now," the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun," and '80s hit "Take on Me" -- is strong enough to rival a Cameron Crowe film. It may be too offbeat for some, but if you like your comedy pitch-black and your romances full of snappy rejoinders, Grosse Pointe Blank is a fun entry in Cusack's canon.
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