Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Directed by George Armitage

Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack

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Another in a wave of black comedies that use wannabe-cool but gratuitous dialogue to develop wannabe-cool characters at the expense of the story. The half-witted dialogue is funny and cool at times, but overall the film lacks a more complex plot and character development which would have provided a more stable and believable base for the dialogue and made the characters seem cooler than the dialogue alone.

Some of that repeating dialogue that you would expect to be metaphorical or somehow important in the plot actually wasn’t. Makes you wonder why they even bothered repeating it. There were also many weird, unpleasantly odd moments which weren’t funny at all. Sure it’s black comedy, but these moments were black without the comedy.

Cusack was pretty cool, but his character wasn’t developed enough (maybe due to the mediocre story). He could have been REALLY cool with a more developed story and less of those weird moments that made him look weird. Good subtle facial expression, one of the secrets of good comedy. Is Driver camera-shy? She holds her stomach for the entire movie, as if to hide it from the camera. It really does nothing besides making it look like you’re watching her act. Arkin was hilarious.

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