Leading up to this weekend’s screening of Better off Dead (part of the Love, Life, and Death brunch series), Hatched gives you FIVE DAYS OF CUSACK in which we talk about five of our favorite John Cusack movies…


You can never go home again.

The handsome sarcasm of John Cusack was never better than as Martin Blank in the noirish-comedy Gross Point Blank (a film he co-wrote and co-produced). Here he plays a former CIA Agent turned freelance hit man (hell yes) with a psychiatrist who returns to his hometown on the week of his high school reunion to take care of business. And he’s all business until he rekindles a love affair with high school sweetheart Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver) and until he finds out someone in Grosse Point Blank wants him dead too. Throw in a meddling Dan Akroyd, and you actually have one heck of a good time that makes Martin re-consider his whole killer lifestyle.

I’d like to imagine this as a take off of 1967’s Point Blank, the ultimate “give me back my money” movie starring Lee Marvin. Alas, it is not. However, like Marvin, Cusack plays a great straight man gunning towards his goal and dealing the best he can with life’s obstacles. Plus he’s in all black, swoon.  

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