11Martin Blank (Grosse Pointe Blank)

John Cusack in Grosse Pointe Blank

George Armitage – a veteran B-movie director also responsible for a blaxploitation flick from 1972 called Hit Man – helms this dark comedy about the jaded hired assassin Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack), something of a wunderkind among the admittedly small community of hit men and when we meet him

is being actively recruited by fellow killer for hire Grocer (Dan Ackroyd) to join a hit man union of sorts.

Martin returns to his hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan for his ten year high school reunion, reunites with his lost love Debi (Minnie Driver) and eventually comes to realize that he has apparently grown a conscience over the years and has lost his taste for killing. This doesn't stop him from efficiently dispatching another killer (Benny Urquidez) hired by a vengeful millionaire, a couple of rogue NSA agents (Hank Azaria and K. Todd Freeman) and the lunatic Grocer himself along the way.

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