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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
by Robert Firsching review

This is an offbeat, very likeable film about a hitman (John Cusack) who takes an assignment in his hometown, where he is also due to attend a reunion dance. While he's there, he gets an opportunity to take stock of himself, make amends with the woman (Minnie Driver) he stood up on prom night, and figure out just which way his life is going to go. Considering that its subject is a professional assassin, Grosse Pointe Blank is for the most part a surprisingly warm and gentle film, with some fun supporting turns from Joan Cusack and Alan Arkin. It only goes astray near the end, when it lapses into a formula shoot-out, but is still worthwhile and highly entertaining.