CINEMA: HIP YOUNG MAN WITH A GUN

A SLY COMEDY ABOUT A PROFESSIONAL ASSASSIN SETS ITS SIGHTS ON FARGO TERRITORY AND SCORES A DIRECT HIT

The concept couldn't be higher--that is to say, simpler: a professional assassin goes to his high school reunion. Ha-ha. Can't you just see the double takes when Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) tells all those suburban housewives and real estate salesmen what he's been doing since graduation?

But Grosse Pointe Blank, its title punning nicely on a famously grim movie about a hit man, is not a one-joke comedy. Nor is it, despite its Disney auspices, cozy family fun. In its soft-spoken way, it is fierce, shaggy and deeply weirded out.

For Martin is a haunted man. What's put him on...

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