In honor of Valentine's Day, our staff will be sharing some of their favorite romantic scenes all day long.
Romance in the movies is usually rewardingly artifical -- some tanned hunk with washerboard abs kissing some gorgeous starlet on a sandy, moonlit beach. It's so Hollywood, and it can be just as satisfying (and phony) as an action movie's bulletproof hero or any comedy's idiotic manchild. Maybe it's not realistic, but the formula works.
I think that's the reason why the "airplane" scene in Grosse Pointe Blank stands out so much to me. It's real. Leading up to this scene, Martin Blank (John Cusack) has returned to his hometown of Grosse Pointe for his high school reunion, after running away on Prom Night ten years earlier to join the armed forces (and eventually become a hitman-with-a-heart). The girl he stood up that night is Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), now a Grosse Pointe radio DJ, and it's obvious from the first time that Debi spots Martin back in town, sitting in his car outside of her radio station, that neither one of them got over each other in the past decade.