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Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player. Can Jerry resurrect his career while still staying true to himself?

One of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s, this box-office hit cemented writer-director Cameron Crowe's reputation as "the voice of a generation." Crowe could probably do without that label, but he's definitely in sync with the times with this savvy story about a sports agent (Tom Cruise) whose fall from grace motivates his quest for professional recovery, and the slow-dawning realization that he needs the love and respect of the single mom (Ren¨¦e Zellweger in her breakthrough role) who has supported him through the worst of times. This is one of Cruise's best, most underrated performances, and in an Oscar-winning role, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the football star who remains Jerry Maguire's only loyal client on a hard road to redemption and personal growth. If that sounds touchy-feely, it is only because Crowe has combined sharp entertainment with a depth of character that is rarely found in mainstream comedy. --Jeff Shannon

One of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s, this box-office hit cemented writer-director Cameron Crowe's reputation as "the voice of a generation." Crowe could probably do without that label, but he's definitely in sync with the times with this savvy story about a sports agent (Tom Cruise) whose fall from grace motivates his quest for professional recovery, and the slow-dawning realization that he needs the love and respect of the single mom (Ren¨¦e Zellweger in her breakthrough role) who has supported him through the worst of times. This is one of Cruise's best, most underrated performances, and in an Oscar-winning role, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the football star who remains Jerry Maguire's only loyal client on a hard road to redemption and personal growth. If that sounds touchy-feely, it is only because Crowe has combined sharp entertainment with a depth of character that is rarely found in mainstream comedy. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • You Had Me At Hello
    In 1996, "Jerry McGuire" proved itself as a breakthrough film for many of its cast and crew. It earned many awards, including five Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor [Tom Cruise],...), winning two (Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor [Cuba Gooding Jr.]). Therefore, this film proved the true potential in several of its cast members, namely Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr., and producer, director, and writer Cameron Crowe (2000's "Almost Famous", 2005's "Elizabethtown"). Though some had previously stretched themselves as artists occassionally, this film earned them newfound respect like never before.

    "Jerry McGuire" follows a greedy workaholic sports agent who suddenly loses his job. This begins his path of soul searching, which teaches him many life lessons, namely his true love. When Dorothy enters his life, he realized the true worth of money is much less than the finer things in life which are free. Meanwhile, he begins his own agency. Only few of his clients follow him. All except one, Ray, maintain this relationship with Jerry. This becomes closer than ever as Jerry struggles to help him find his place in football and later, of purpose. These series of storylines create an eyeopening masterpiece that leads to a powerful and unforgettable conclusion.

    Cameron Crowe begins his series of masterpieces with this film. He proves in this film that he is one of the finest filmmakers of today. He takes a creative, unique story and adds great substance in its events. These written words often find some humorous scenes that maintains its dramatic theme unbelievably. This shows that films don't need a large budget to attract audiences or to be amazing. As with his following films, he never rushes any of his projects. He assures himself that they are full quality, and that every storyline fit one another. In particular, "Jerry McGuire" adds some clever quotes that make this film for added viewing pleasure including "you had me at hello", "you complete me", "did you know that a human head weighs eight pounds", and the most prominent "show me the money". This undistinguishable writing style proves that sometimes, the most unexpected becomes the highlight.

    This roller coaster film could not be as enjoyable if it wasn't for the brilliant performances, namely but not limiting Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr. They give their characters the unforgettable presence that may be close to impossible to most other actors. Cruise offers his signature acting style to new extremes to the main character Jerry McGuire. Zellweger's more emotional performances gives greater strength to the film's dramatic and romantic value. Gooding offers the more eccentric theme that often gives the famous film quotes new meaning.

    Such film quality proves that "Jerry McGuire" has and always will stand the test of time. This will surely please a variety of audiences, the more dramatic and the more comedic. It has proved its capabilities as a future film classic....more info
  • Amazing!!!!
    This DVD is simply amazing... I love it!

    Good actors, perfect screenplay, deep thoughts.

    I strongly recommend....more info
  • This DVD COMPLETES my collection
    This is probably my favorite Tom Cruise film. I love that even though Cruise is undoubtedly the star of the movie (the title of the movie?!?), the greatness of the film didn't depend on his star power. The movie got a great supporting cast from Renee Zellweger to Cuba Gooding Jr., the movie's got a great screenplay ("Show me the money!!!" "You complete me"... "You had me at hello") that is amusing and funny and perceptive and intelligent without being pushy. I love that the characters are eloquent but knows its boundaries and know that a simple glance or close up or smirk says it all. In short the screenplay knows when to talk and when to shut up!

    I also love the music used in the movie, I swear every time I hear "Free Falling" I can just picture Tom Cruise singing his lungs out or the Secret Garden by Springsteen, which is another song that I associate with the movie And of course there are the great performances by the entire cast. Cruise did a great job playing the character, it's fun seeing him play a loser for a change. This is one of his best performances. Renee Zellweger in her breakthrough role was radiant. Even though there's no doubt she's grown as an actress (from Chicago to Cold Mountain), I miss the understated, quiet effervescence and just vulnerability she showed in this movie (also in One True Thing). Cuba Gooding Jr the scene stealer himself, was just great. I especially like the scenes where he's making fun of Jerry. All of those things were used by Cameron Crowe to create this wonderful film.

    In the DVD, there's a great extra, a video commentary. It's the normal commentary that we know except that there's another screen where we can see the speakers (Cruise, Zellweger, Gooding, Crowe). There's a small box at the bottom of the screen where we see the movie the way they see them. That was just innovative and very fun to watch, I wonder why others don't adopt this kind of commentary. This would especially work with "fun" films (Clueless, Friends!!).

    Grade: A...more info
  • a good movie
    A good Tom Cruise movie before he got so weird and became the "superstar" celebrity of Scientology. DVD quality is much better on blu-ray than on the pervious DVD versions....more info
  • One of Cruise's two best movies
    This movie, along with "The Last Samurai" are, in my opinion, Tom Cruise's two best movies. I won't repeat the details expressed in other reviews.

    This is a story of two men: Cruise (Jerry Maguire, the sports agent) learns to love someone instead of just his work; Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Rod) learns to play football with the emotion he previously showed only in his family life.

    Renee Zellweger (Dorothy) gives a stunning performance. The scene in Dorothy's kitchen before Jerry and she go out to dinner is a magnificent piece of acting. She doesn't say a word - her facial expressions say it all. (Cameron Crowe, the director, said that Zellweger's performance in this scene was the best acting he had ever witnessed - and it was done in one take!)

    ...more info
  • Jerry Maguire (1996) - Blu-ray Info
    Version: U.S.A / Region A, B, C
    Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    Protection: AACS
    BD-Java: Yes
    MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
    Running time: 2:18:33
    Movie size: 42,645,934,080 bytes
    Disc size: 47,363,142,488 bytes
    Average video bit rate: 28.96 Mbps

    Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1521 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1521kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
    Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1490 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1490kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
    Dolby TrueHD Audio Portuguese 1399 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1399kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
    Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps

    Subtitles: English / English SDH / Arabic / Chinese / Dutch / French / Indonesian / Korean / Portuguese / Spanish

    Number of chapters: 16

    #Audio Commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr.
    #Deleted scenes with Director and Editor's Commentary
    #Rehearsal Footage with Director and Editor's Commentary
    #'My First Commercial' with Rod Tidwell
    #Drew Rosenhaus: How to be a Sports Agent
    #Music Video 'Secret Garden' by Bruce Springsteen
    #Making of Featurette
    #Jerry's Mission Statement ...more info
  • Sappy annoying chick flick!
    Just my personal opinion, but that's what we're supposed to offer here. What can I say? I was bored! Especially annoying was the character played by Renee Zellweiger, whose whiny demands on Jerry were awfully tiresome.....but she wins, of course, because it IS a chick flick! One scene was very amusing, though, if only because it was ridiculous: Jerry & his whiny girlfriend are in a restaurant with Ron & Marcee, (played by Cuba Gooding and Regina King). Marcee is hugely pregnant. Anyway, Ron & Marcee are making out with each other between mouthfuls of food, and cooing "Oh-baby-oh-baby" while Jerry & girlfriend look on, getting very uncomfortable. Girlfriend is obviously sulking, too, because SHE'D like to get the kind of attention from Jerry that Marcee's getting. Suddenly, Marcee is yelling, "OH-BABY-OH-BABY" because she has gone into labor! Hysteria erupts. That was the stupidest part of the film. Well, I won't go on, because it's not worth it. Scenes like those are why I can't stomach chick flicks. Too MUCH! I'll take an action/adventure film or a war film any old day! And yes, I'm a woman! Just don't like sloppy sentimental films, though, and this over-rated one IS, all right. ...more info
  • 4.5; one of the biggest hits of the 90's
    Apparently, it can be very easy for an album or a film to take the world by storm and everyone gets to raving and talking about it and the success of the film almost seems bigger than the film itself. However, just because you're the biggest at the time, does that mean you were the best or just simply the most visible? Compare "Jerry Maguire", Cameron Crowe's first huge film to make massive business after the so-so successes of "Singles" and "Say Anything", to "Almost Famous", long considered Crowe's best work yet barely got any box office attention. But here we have the one that put him on the map and while some parts don't fit well, the overall film is quite solid after all these years.

    Jerry Maguire is a sports agent that works behind the scenes that makes sure his clients get the best contracts in sports as well as top product endorsements. But over time, he realizes it's becoming more about the money and lying to clients and writes a "mission statement" which details his ideas to better the relationships between clients. While emotionally it makes sense, to everyone else it's absolutely ridiculous and he's promptly fired. But with help of Dorothy Boyd, a fellow co-worker moved by his writing and Rod Tidwell, a football player who believes he's not getting the life or respect he deserves, Jerry changes into what he wrote about but never acted on ever.

    One of the most successful films and certainly one of the most quotable, it's easy to see Jerry Maguire being a success. Equal parts drama with many comedic moments, actor and character showcases as well as stuff romantics will gush over, it does have everything (well, there's no action scene to speak of but that's nothing). But it's kind of unfair since many would find overrated and a bit overexposed thanks to several lines of dialogue, its box office success or the fact its a Tom Cruise movie. It's not really the most flawless film since for every scene that feels just right, there's other parts where it doesn't really drag so much as they're just "there".

    Acting-wise Tom Cruise has always been a curious case since not only his celebrity status but his press and behavior after awhile kind of overshadowed his acting talents. While I'll admit that some performances aren't the greatest, when he does shine he kind of pulls out the stops and Jerry's probably his most layered performance after Magnolia. We also have Renee Zellweger who's finally not annoying (Cold Mountain) or just used as a superstar than an actress (Bridget Jones). We get Cuba Gooding Jr. as the very loud and charismatic Tidwell and also roles by Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, and Jay Mohr.

    The director's cut of Almost Famous entitled ironically "Untitled" is probably the best thing Crowe has his name attached to. The second would naturally be Jerry Maguire and while people might've gotten a little sick of the film, if you revisit after not seeing it for awhile like I have, you find the perfect date movie, or even just a movie for yourself....more info
  • Heart Warming Film For All To Enjoy
    After playing a vampire and a spy succesfully , Tom Cruise took on the role of a sports agent and succeeded. Jerry Maguire is one of the movie that after watching you feel good inside. Cuba Gooding Jr. won a well desreved Oscar for his role as Rod Tidwell. Regina King and Renne Zwellger are good as the female leads and Johnathen Lipnicki steals almost every scene. I love this movie. ...more info
  • You are hanging on by a very thin thread and I dig that about you!

    1996's acclaimed Jerry Maguire is the tale of a sports agent who stumbles upon his morals; therefore he finds himself jobless and fighting for his clients.

    Jerry(Tom Cruise) finds himself with only one partner Dorothy Boyd(Renee Zellweger) in his attempts to build back his business; and only one client football player, Rod Tidwell(Cuba Gooding Jr.: in his oscar winning performance)

    Jerry and Dorothy start to fall for each other, but how can they not let it get in the way of working together? Meanwhile Rod's still waiting on Jerry for any kind of endorsement or contract and Jerry hasn't quite been pulling through for him.

    The rest of the story is not so imperative, it's cliche, mostly predictable, but not terrible. Cuba is fantastic, Zellweger is adorable, and the child talents of Jonathan Lipnicki and Jeremy Suarez are amazing, and honestly they were my favorite part of the entire film. And Cruise, well... it was only a little painful, although I can't blame him entirely, part of it's the character, I know.

    Personally I'd give the film 3 stars, but those kids crack me up and therefore deserve their own star.

    It's a fine film, I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I prefer Sleepless in Seattle.

    I will admit I still like to yell "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" ...more info
  • Heart-Warming and Thoughtful
    Jerry Maguire is one of my favorite movies, because it's a modern movie with a heart and soul. Not very many modern comedy/drama/romances actually have one, but that is what this movie is all about: relationships. Although there are some cliched moments where it seems like the typical comedy/romance, the romance part actually explores issues about true love, intimacy, marriage, and commitment that most movies are afraid to, even though these are very timely issues. The questions of why we marry, why we are we afraid of commitment and intimacy, and what true love is are all explored by the film, as well as deeper questions about what is important in our lives, through the lives of Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his family, and various other characters throughout the film. In addition to the excellent script however, the acting is also great. Cruise, Gooding, and Zellweger are all wonderful, and Bonnie Hunt shines as Laurel, Dorothy's protective older sister. It's not the best movie of all time, but is in my top 10, and I laugh and cry every time I see it. I recommend it highly. ...more info
  • Certainly not worth the praise lavished upon it
    I waited nine years or so to watch "Jerry Maguire" in order to allow "Show Me the Money" mania to subside. I think we're almost there. Although, "Jerry Maguire" references are not completely gone (the "you had me at fresh dough" parody, for example.) Here's to hoping that the ad is just a local thing but I'm not sure.

    I still can't hear the "Secret Garden" song without my skin crawling due to its astounding overplay in this movie's heyday.

    To make matters worse, this movie is absolutely unworthy of its place in pop culture. I remember how endearing Jonathan Lipnicki was in the 30-second previews, but watching him at feature-length is excruciating--like slicing yourself with a dull and rusty razorblade.

    I don't know how to feel about what the film's success did for its cast and crew. On the one hand, it did solidify Cameron Crowe's reputation and cleared the way for him to make "Almost Famous." On the other hand, it made Cuba Gooding Jr. a star, which was a crime against humanity. This role made and ruined his career at the same time. It is one of his most annoying performances, and that's saying something. Worse, because it was a hit it is what most of his subsequent performances were modeled after.

    "Jerry Maguire" was definitely not worth the wait. Rent "Almost Famous" instead... By the way, it took every ounce of restraint I possess not to title this review "show me the movie." You're welcome. Besides, it would have been counter-productive. It wasn't a total loss; there were some laugh-outloud moments hence the second star. Still, my expectations were inflated, and that is not my fault. Blame it on "show me the money" (thank God they didn't use that title for a sequel, I'm surprised they resisted the urge.)
    ...more info
  • You know? Some guys you just don't like.
    There seems to be a substantial amount of pundits, writers, fans, reviewers, who just don't like Tom Cruise. I like the guy. Dare I say, I might even be persuaded to see a movie, just because it's him in the lead.

    Maybe it's his religious zeal? I don't know. You have most of Hollywood wanting to crucify Bush and Cheney, and you have a substantial portion of Hollywood telling us it is perfectly normal to have two men make love to eachother. Now put down your stones. Don't throw rocks at me. I'm not saying it's wrong. It's just that here's a guy who doesn't back away from his feelings off the stage, tells you how he feels about redemption and life ever after, and he's the guy we raise our eybrows at? Go figure.

    And the couch incident on Oprah. Hey. Wait a sec. That's the same couch that Jim Frey told us he had been addicted to hard drugs, spent months in prison with bad guys, was befriended by a mobster, and he cried, Oprah cried and we cried. Then he came back when he was caught lying, and said he was only kidding. And he cried, Oprah cried and we cried. Maybe it's the couch.

    The point is, Cruise is a good actor. He has an early history with Hollywood. Hmmmmm. Let's see. Who else. Well Harrison, little Bobby D, Harvey, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep. Sounds like pretty good company. And the early stuff wasn't that bad. Risky Biz and before that Taps.

    And come on. Don't tell me that Dustin Hoffman did a better job of acting then Cruise did in Rain Man. Cruise had it all over him. But Hoffman was the sentimental favorite. That's all. See the movie again and tell me I'm not right.

    So I think Jerry Maguire is laugh-your-behind-off funny. Zellweger is hilarious, trusting, compassionate, focused on what she wants, and Gooding is a thousand percent better than in other movies like Pearl Harbor. And Cruise does a better than commendable job representing all of us when we do the right thing and the guy upstairs doesn't give us immediate gratification and acknowledgement.

    Like I said. I like the guy. 5 stars. Larry Scantlebury...more info
  • SACCHARINE IDEALISM BUT VERY WATCHABLE
    The film is as crowded with emotions as Jerry Mcquire himself, it's many subplots and situations include morality, marriage, breakups, makeups, conviction, single motherhood, longevity of being a pro sportsperson, friendship, mentorship..

    And then some. But both Zellweger and Cruise, and occasionally even Cuba G Jr. as a wide receiver on the verge of greatness, have enough commanding presence to carry the film. The goggled kid is cute too.

    There are plenty of cheesy lines, e.g., "You had me at Hello", but the movie redeems itself, like its protagonist, through sheer charm and bounty of the human spirit.

    Recommended rental. ...more info
  • Jerry Maguire (Special Edition)
    Another one of the best movies of the 90's and of all-time!

    Tom Cruise in the title role gives the most memorable performance since A Few Good Men. Cuba Gooding Jr. was just as memorable as Jerry's client, Rod Tidwell. He was hilarious as he yelled, "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" And he was shown the Oscar as he won it for Best Supporting Actor.

    Among the other great scenes in the movie, Tidwell tried his luck as the wedding singer singing Marvin Gaye's classic, "What's Going On" at their wedding. Funny and maybe a little appropriate since Gooding Jr's father, Cuba Gooding Sr. was the lead singer of the '70's soul group The Main Ingredient (Everybody Plays The Fool & Just Don't Want To Be Lonely).

    Renne Zellweger, Regina King, Kelly Preston and Jonathon Lipnicki also provide great performances in, what is without question, a film classic!

    So be sure you let Amazon.com SHOW YOU THIS DVD!...more info
  • Jerry Maguire (1996) - Blu-ray Info
    Version: U.S.A / Region A, B, C
    Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    Protection: AACS
    BD-Java: Yes
    MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
    Running time: 2:18:33
    Movie size: 42,645,934,080 bytes
    Disc size: 47,363,142,488 bytes
    Average video bit rate: 28.96 Mbps

    Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1521 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1521kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
    Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1490 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1490kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
    Dolby TrueHD Audio Portuguese 1399 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1399kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
    Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps

    Subtitles: English / English SDH / Arabic / Chinese / Dutch / French / Indonesian / Korean / Portuguese / Spanish

    Number of chapters: 16

    #Audio Commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr.
    #Deleted scenes with Director and Editor's Commentary
    #Rehearsal Footage with Director and Editor's Commentary
    #'My First Commercial' with Rod Tidwell
    #Drew Rosenhaus: How to be a Sports Agent
    #Music Video 'Secret Garden' by Bruce Springsteen
    #Making of Featurette
    #Jerry's Mission Statement ...more info
  • It Completes Me.
    Jerry Maguire came out when I was in college. I was reluctant to watch it, but a group of my girl friends on my floor in the dorm invited me to watch it with them. Around 2 hours later, I'd found yet another movie that made it to the top of my favorites. When I first began collecting DVDs, Jerry Maguire was one of the first I bought. This is a wonderful movie with incredible acting performances throughout. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me feel and every single time I watch it, I feel yet again. If you have not yet seen this movie (I imagine maybe there are 5 people left in South Dakota or something who have yet to see it) you are missing out. It is absolutely amazing in every way!...more info
  • Much more than just another romantic comedy
    Well, I'm incredibly late to the Jerry Maguire party, but I'm glad I finally made it. I thought this was just a comedy, but I should have known better because laughs alone usually don't generate the kind of success this movie enjoyed. This is a wonderful, feel-good movie with a surprisingly effective emotional payoff. Tom Cruise is great, Cuba Gooding, Jr., steals every scene he's in, and that Renee Zellweger is nothing short of perfect. They even threw in a clip of McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O and sent me away with Bob Dylan singing over the credits - in my book, that's going above and beyond the call of duty. And I never tire of seeing someone break away from the cynicism of big business and actually put some heart back into an increasingly heartless way of life.

    Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is, of course, a bigshot sports agent who has it all - then loses it all. For some inexplicable reason, he develops a conscience late one night, puts together this huge "mission statement" all about reducing the number of clients and giving those remaining the genuine personal touch, and sends it to everyone in the company. With a schlep of a boss like Bob Sugar (the always annoying Jay Mohr), his days with the company are, not surprisingly, numbered. He vows to start his own company, desperately trying to hold on to the clients he has been representing - but all he ends up taking with him are outrageous Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), an accountant who was truly inspired by what he had written. It doesn't seem like much, but he really has all he will ever need - he just doesn't realize it until the end of the movie.

    Life on his own is quite a struggle, especially after he breaks up with his vicious fianc¨¦e (Kelly Preston), and I know it must be truly demoralizing to be defeated time and time again by Jay Mohr. Rod Tidwell, a great player who doesn't get the notice (or money) he thinks he deserves, stays loyal to him, though, for rather inexplicable reasons - even after Maguire fails to get him the kind of big money he is looking for in a new contract. Dorothy also stays with him, and Maguire grows increasingly close to her and her little boy Ray (Jonathan Lipnicki). There's love in the air, and Maguire's famous problem with emotional intimacy makes what should be the simplest thing in the world immensely complicated. We see a lot of Maguire at his worst - double-crossed, drunk, beaten up, wallowing in self-pity. He never gives up, though, and that's what's important. I find it a little problematic that he did not apply the principles of his "mission statement" to the way he lived his life, but - in his defense - guys tend to be pretty dense about this kind of thing (and would that we all had a Dorothy to help us see the light).

    There's a wonderful cast on display here, with uncommonly meaningful secondary characters: there's little Ray, of course, but Dorothy's bitter yet loving sister Laurel (Bonnie Hunt) and Rod Tidwell's wife Marcee (Regina King) really do lay claim to a commanding presence in the story. You can also make a little game of spotting all of the sports personalities that make cameos (usually silent ones, thankfully) in the film.

    This isn't a comedy; it's a serious story that just happens to feature a lot of laughs. It's a commentary on the depersonalization of business, a complicated yet wonderfully sweet love story, and a movie with a surprisingly big heart. And I love Renee Zellweger. As far as I'm concerned, she - not Tom Cruise - was the star of this film....more info
  • Values and Freedom vs. The Bad, Wrapped up in a Zany Package
    Sports agent Jerry Maguire has it all in life - except he really doesn't. He has an attractive fiancee, a friendly group of friends, and that first class plane ticket with the extra glass of orange juice.

    He also has a problem with emotional intimacy that all of his ex-girlfriends will attest to. He and his fiancee have naked conversations and purport to share everything with the idea that knowing a person's life story forges a connection. He is a sports agent because he cares about sports, yet he neglects the values that would make him respect and love his job because those values are not commonplace in that business. This is Jerry's problem. He is almost, but not quite, what he wants to be.

    An attack of conscience and a slice of bad pizza late at night have him writing down all of the things he has repressed, and jumping in. Predictably, he loses everything, fiancee, friends, and job. His shallow life is gone, and this has Jerry noticably whacked. Tom Cruise does a great job of playing the i've-fallen-off-the-edge, passionate, hug-craving Jerry.

    The transformation from cold shallow sports agent to emotional, cracked, truly affectionate-to-the-point-of-sappiness, golly gee apple pie live with your heart and inspire people is quite believable, because one gets the sense that this is the person Jerry has had inside of himself all along, but somehow along the way it was twisted.

    "We live in a cynical, cynical world," says Jerry. People always talk about the "Show me the money," scene, but that quote is really the heart of the film. Having the courage to care less about the money, to be yourself, to care about people, want quality over quantity in what you do, love and live well. THAT is what Jerry Maguire is really about. The sports agent thing is just a very appropriate plot. And ironically, Rod, Jerry's one and only client, is shown the money when he does just that, and becomes a fan favorite in a moment of spontaneous joy.

    I reiterate - love and courage verses cynicism. It's why Jerry has a tender reunitement scene with his wife in the midst of a divorced women's group, who for just a moment forget their cynicism....more info
  • Effective, Emotional, and Entertaining
    JERRY MAGUIRE is one of those films that I enjoy, even though I know I shouldn't. Why not, you ask? Well, it has a bit of a hopelessly optimistic viewpoint, it wormed its way into our vocabulary, and, overall, it's a bit too sugary. But for some reason I continue to be affected by it whenever I watch it. It is the believable story of a man who wakes up during the course of his life, has a revelation, and then refuses to accept the consequences of that revelation until the end of the film. I love the fact that Tom Cruise fails to change overnight, that he is more complex than that. And while I'm on the subject, I normally don't hand out a lot of praise to Tom Cruise, but this is another excellent performance of late. Having just seen COLLATERAL, I am beginning to wonder why he has always been overlooked as nothing more than a heartthrob. His performance in JERRY MAGUIRE is quite moving and he was perfectly cast.

    Ultimately, I like JERRY MAGUIRE because its main character stumbles throughout the entire course of the film. Just when you think the sugar-coated lenses are about to come down on the film (and it happens a lot), Cameron Crowe throws a wrench in the gears and things come crashing back down around Cruise's character. Like many of Crowe's films, it is a film that dabbles in several genres (romantic love-story, comedy, drama) and ends up something quite different, but altogether entertaining. I highly recommend it....more info
  • It's a CHICK FLICK!!!!!
    Oh, this was one of the most annoying movies I've ever seen! Tom Cruise usually does a decent job in any EveryMan role he's played (even though he seems to be off his meds these days no matter what the Scientologists do for him), but this was just plain bad. "You had me at hello" and "Show me the money" became the most cloying expressions since "Where's the beef?". It has a mushy love story, a chubby cheeked kid, and makes you just want to run to the nearest barf bag because it's a stealth chick flick....more info
  • "...YOU KNOW THAT FEELING?"
    JERRY MAGUIRE is the story of Jerry Maguire (Cruise), an ambitious sports agent whose sole purpose in life is to make money. That is, until one of his clients is injured with a concussion for the third time. While Maguire doesn't try to stop him and more or less urges him to continue, the client's son makes him realize that he doesn't really care about any of his client's, just about what they can do for him. So he decides to change his life. Guilt driven, he decides to take initiative and tell everybody what he thinks and how he feels. He writes up an inspired memo from the bottom of the heart of a new man. He says the answer to success is "fewer clients. Less money" He has good intentions and is applauded for them. The only problem is that when help create a company that also functions on money, that is all they tend to care about. When he is "let go" he strikes out on his own... or with the company of Dorothy Boyd (Zelweger), an acountant and single mother who is inspired by Maguire's drive and feels it right to join him, despite all of the obvious sacrifices and risks medically and financially. When they go out on their own, they are hoping to get to the top with the one client that Maguire has left, self-indulgent professional football player, Rod Tidwell (Gooding). When Maguire starts to fall in love with Boyd and her son, things are complicated, as you would imagine. A film from director, Cameron Crowe, who has done SAY ANYTHING and would later go on to do ALMOST FAMOUS and reteam with Cruise for VANILLA SKY, JERRY MAGUIRE is a romantic comedy as well as a drama. It is equipped with the heart and honesty, as well as the humor that make Crowe such an original filmmaker, and make his movies so difficult to categorize. This film is great, so see it if you haven't. If you have, you should buy, or at least check out this two-disc special edition. ...more info
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
    Director: Cameron Crowe
    Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King, Jonathan Lipnicki.
    Running Time: 139 minutes
    Rated R for language and sexuality.

    Director Cameron Crowe uses "Jerry Maguire to ask the simple question: is life all about money, fame, and glory, or is it really about something else? Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a high-powered sports agent for a huge agency, handling a portfolio filled with high profile sports figures. The name of Jerry's game is money; he gets the big bucks for those he represents, he keeps them in the limelight and in the end pulls down some mighty big bucks for himself and the firm. One night, he wakes up and happens to look at himself in the mirror, and for whatever reason, it suddenly dawns on him what a selfish, soulless, empty life he is leading. So in the wake of this epiphany, he seizes the moment, sits down at his keyboard and hammers out a `mission/morality statement,' in which he reorganizes his entire approach to his career, including reestablishing parameters and setting new priorities making conscience, ethics and integrity his paramount concerns. And while still riding the high of his nocturnal enlightenment, he goes to his office, makes copies of his statement and distributes it to the mailboxes of everyone from his boss on down. In the cold light of morning; however, he realizes what he's done and races to his office to avert disaster. He enters the room to a hail of praise and appreciation from his peers, but his boss is less enthusiastic. It's no surprise to Jerry, then, when the big `M' his superiors are interested in turns out to be `Money' and not `Morality,' the equation equals `Money talks, Jerry walks.' But before he leaves, he vows to make it on his own. He's up, he's positive, he has his statement and he doesn't have a clue what to do next. What he does know is that the adventure of a lifetime is awaiting and the world is about to meet the "real" Jerry Maguire.

    Cameron Crowe made his debut as a writer/director with "Say Anything" in 1989, in which he first exhibited that keen insight into the human condition that has been one of the trademarks of his success as a filmmaker. In "Jerry Maguire" he demonstrates again that acute sense of knowing what makes people tick, and leaves no doubt that he knows how to convey it to his audience. Crowe's story, as well as the presentation, is original and imaginative, and he fills it with real characters involved in very real situations and it's these characters that really sell it, because these are three-dimensional people, not just cardboard cut-outs, and moreover, Cameron knows how to get the best out of his actors to really bring them to life. Tom Cruise was the perfect choice to play Jerry; he has the look, the energy and the talent to get inside this guy's skin and make him tick, and he successfully channels his natural exuberance into his character, tempering his performance just enough to make it really work. Cuba Gooding Jr.'s performance is deserving of the acclaim he received for it. As Rod Tidwell, the pro football player/client who sticks by Jerry and insists that he "Show me the money!", Gooding equals, if not surpasses Cruise's level of enthusiasm with a vibrant and rich portrayal that makes Rod one of his most memorable characters. Like Cruise, Gooding is perfectly cast and points up, again, what an acute sense Cameron has for who and what will work to bring his story so convincingly to the screen.

    Not to be outdone by her co-stars, Renee Zellweger gives an endearing performance as the vulnerable but steadfast, single mom, Dorothy Boyd. She's such a "giving" actor, and she endows Dorothy with a gentle, caring manner that expresses her deepest thoughts and feelings so well. Her work here is every bit as Oscar worthy as Cruise and Gooding's, and it's hard to understand why she was overlooked, as she is such a vital presence in this film. "Jerry Maguire" is well beyond the normal sports drama, and in fact, the film has virtually nothing to do with sports. Intertwining the themes of machoism, greed, and reputation, Crowe sends the audience on a journey that discusses integrity, love, and the ultimate enjoyment of life. A touching, oftentimes hilarious, and supremely well-executed masterpiece of filmmaking....more info
  • Shallow and formulaic
    This movie about a sports agent who loses his job and tries to restart his career is cartoonish and predictable. Jerry Maquire (who Tom Cruise portrays in his characteristic intense style, as if intensity were the hallmark of great acting--the same way Billy Joel will hammer a keyboard in search of applause) bets his career on another down-and-outer. Along the way, he finds support in a secretary with a moffit-looking son. He marries her, falls out of love with her, then proclaims his love for her with some phrase about "you complete me." It is as if this movie became a cliche of cornyism as soon as it was released....more info
  • A Modern Classic
    I love this movie so much! I saw it when I was in high school, and was really surprised at how much I loved it. I've never been a Tom Cruise fan, and at the time Renee was an unknown. Also, I'm not a sporty girl, why would I care about the life of a sport's agent? I don't know if it was the acting, the writing, great casting, wonderful settings, great editing, I just know that it all came together and will become a classic in the future....more info
  • Quintesentail Cruise
    This is the ultimate Tom Cruise performance, Crowe delivers the perfect screenplay and I just know this had to be written with Cruise in mind. I love the scene where Cruise is at his lowest and he tells Gooding that he is cloked in failure, it is hilarious and nobody could have done it with such aplomb. This movie also made Zellweger a star, and she is wonderful in this film. Gooding won a deserved Oscar, but it is Cruise that gives the great performance, he makes you believe the conversion the character undergoes, when someday Cruise gets his lifetime achievement award, this will be pointed to as the quintesential Tom Cruise performance..the DVD has some nice extra's and the soundtrack, as is typical of Cameron Crowe, is great. This is a great movie, and it improves with each viewing...oh and the kid steals every scene he is in....more info
  • Surprisingly, this movie has some heart
    I think some of the popularity of this movie stems from the way that it is able to successfully integrate elements of romance, sports, and humor so that it has something for everyone. We really feel for the characters involved, and the plethora of subplots all manage to garner some interest. But in the end, the vacillation between commitment and breakup by Cruise make his character less than sympathetic, and even though he insists that Zellweger completes him, I wasn't convinced it was for keeps, dramatic score to the contrary. ...more info