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Grosse Pointe Blank Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film takes the form but not the feel of a comic thriller. It's quirkier than that.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The kind of quirky, character-driven comedy they don't make much anymore.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Grosse Pointe Blank is covering the same kind of territory as that elephantine, if exciting, 1994 family man-killer thriller, "True Lies." But this time, the joke stings. [11 April 1997, Friday, p.A]

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    High school reunions should only be this satisfying.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Quirky mix of laughs, romance, strong violence.

What 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.

  • Families can talk about Martin's character. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? How does Grosse Pointe Blank get you to feel empathy for an assassin?
  • How does the violence in this movie compare to others you've seen? How is its impact affected by the movie's overall tone?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: 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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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.

What to watch for
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    Violence: 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.

  • sex false2

    Sex: 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.

  • language false4

    Language: Several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "oh my God," "damn," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.