This is an offbeat, black comedy about a hit man, Martin Blank (John Cusack), who is undergoing some personal angst about his career choice. He sees a psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin), who, once he becomes aware of his patient's profession, wants nothing more to do with him. Moreover, a most unlikely, rival hit man (Dan Ackroyd) is on his tail, looking to clear the field of a potential rival.
What's a conflicted hit man to do? Why go to his tenth year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, of course. There, "Marty" plans to do his final hit and hook up with his high school sweetheart, Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), whom he unceremoniously stood up on prom night, ten years earlier. Once he gets there, however, things do not go according to plan, and "Marty" is in store for a few surprises.
John Cusack is terrific as the hit man, playing him with just the right blend of sangfroid cool and, at other times, with all the charm of the boy next door. Dan Ackroyd is funny as the unlikely rival hit man. Alan Arkin is excellent as the shrink who does not want "Marty" as his patient. Minnie Driver is the least compelling of those cast in this film, as she adds very little to its success. Joan Cusack, John Cusack's real life sibling, more than makes up for the gap left by Driver, however, as she infuses the role of Marcella, "Marty's" gal friday, with enough pizazz to shore up the film.
All in all, this is a surprisingly entertaining film. Unfortunately, this DVD offers next to nothing by way of special features, and the DVD cover art is cheap and cheesy looking and strictly from hunger. Do not, however, let this deter you from buying this funny and unusual film.