Theme Times – The Brat Packer’s #7

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John Cusack By Georges Biard


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John Cusack

John Paul Cusack born June 28, 1966 is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He began acting in films during the 1980s and has since starred in a number of movies, including Better Off Dead (1985), Say Anything… (1989), Bullets over Broadway (1994), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999), High Fidelity (2000), 1408 (2007), Igor (2008), 2012 (2009), The Raven (2012) and Love & Mercy (2014).

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Joan Cusack

Joan Mary Cusack born October 11, 1962 is an American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Working Girl (1988) and the romantic comedy In & Out (1997), as well as one Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the latter. She has also provided the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story franchise and Abby Mallard in Chicken Little.

Cusack was a cast member on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1986. She starred on the Showtime hit drama/comedy Shameless as Sheila Jackson, a role for which she has received five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning for the first time in 2015. She is the sister of actress Ann Cusack and actor John Cusack.

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Following on from Theme Times – The Brat Packers!! Here is our seventh feature episode of’by association only’ Brat Packers.

I happen to like both John and Joan Cusack respectively a lot, l also like their sister Ann, but the latter is not an association Brat Packer whereas these two are.  Both will next year appear in their own Theme Times Bio’s however for the time being, here are seven of their best performances in my eyes and opinion. So, are you a fan of both of the siblings or just one? What are your favourite films?

John is first principally because of his roles in Sixteen Candles 1984, One Crazy Summer 1986 and Class 1983, whereas Joan was only in two Class and Sixteen Candles..


John Cusack

1 – High Fidelity – 2000

Rob is a thirty-year-old record store owner who is trying to understand why he is always unlucky in relationships. He attempts to reconcile his relationship with Laura, who recently dumped him.

2 – The Thin Red Line – 1998

A group of soldiers face an unlikely battle at the Guadalcanal, where they fight all odds in order to survive. As the war progresses, they lose out on each other while still hoping to win the war.

3 – Being John Malkovich – 1999

A puppeteer takes up a job to support his family. While working late one night, he finds a portal that leads directly to the head of the Hollywood actor John Malkovich.

4 – Identity – 2003

When a vicious storm breaks out in the Nevada desert, 10 people seek refuge in an isolated motel. At the same time, a serial killer (Pruitt Taylor Vince) under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mallick (Alfred Molina) — who has just found the killer’s revealing journal — awaits execution for murdering a group of motel guests. When the storm-stranded travelers realize they are being killed off one by one, limo driver Ed Dakota (John Cusack) bids to stay alive and reveal the murderer’s identity.

5 – The Grifters – 1990

Roy Dillon is a conman whose life is turned upside down when his estranged mother returns home and does not take too kindly to his girlfriend. A battle for Roy’s attention ensues between the women.

6 – Grosse Pointe Blank – 1997

Martin Black, a professional assassin, accepts an assignment in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where he also attends his 10-year high school reunion and learns that someone is out to kill him.

7 – Con Air – 1997

Cameron is a wrongly convicted prisoner who is going to be released when his plane is hijacked by other criminals. While they seize control of the plane, he attempts to wrest control and return home.

Joan Cusack

1 – School of Rock – 2003

Dewey Finn, an amateur rock enthusiast, slyly takes up his friend’s substitute teacher’s job. Bearing no qualifications for it, he instead starts training the students to form a band.

2 – My Blue Heaven – 1990

FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to protect former Mafia-figure-turned-informant Vincent Antonelli. However, the situation gets complicated as Antonelli gets involved in many problems.

3 – In & Out– 1997

The friends and family of Howard, a popular teacher, are shocked when one of his students announces that he is gay. Howard then tries his best to prove that he is heterosexual.

4 – Addams Family Values– 1993

Family members of a strange household try to rescue Uncle Fester from his gold-digging wife who also happens to be a serial killer whose speciality is killing rich men to collect their inheritance.

5 – Working Girl– 1988

Tess, a secretary, decides to fight back by using the identity of Katharine, her boss, after she steals her idea and presents it to a client. However, it’s not an easy ride for Tess.

6 – Raising Helen– 2004

After the death of her sister, Helen has to bring up the three children of her sister. However, she discovers that the job is more difficult than she imagined.

7 – Mars Needs Moms– 2011

When Milo wishes that he never had a mother, his wish comes true after his mother is kidnapped by Martians. To rescue his mother, Milo stows away on a spaceship.

So there we go folks – were these favourites of yours and or are they still?

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2 thoughts on “Theme Times – The Brat Packer’s #7

  1. I like John more than Joan but only because I have a crush on John🤩😍

    Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil

    are my faves

    I know more of Joan from her voice than her face. I haven’t seen the movies you picked.

    Yay! My favorite ‘by association’ 💃🏼 Thank you!

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