Friday, July 3, 2015

Movie #314: Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire is a drama starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jay Mohr, and Bonnie Hunt. It's got some sports in it.

Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is a sports agent and kind of a sleazeball. He has a bit of a breakdown and writes a "mission statement" that encourages fewer clients, less money, and is, obviously, immediately fired. He tries to take his clients with him, but his even sleazier protege Bob (Mohr) snakes them, leaving him with only Rod Tidwell (Gooding Jr.), a football player who...is good but loud-mouthed, I guess? The only employee who follows Maguire out is an accountant named Dorothy (Zellweger).

The movie follows Maguire's attempts to get Tidwell a better paying contract and his relationship with Dorothy and her young song (Jonathan Lipnicki). He marries her for convenience, and then realizes he actually does love her, and has the sweet speech that ends with her saying "You had me at hello."

But really, what makes the movie work is the relationships, and that's kinda what the movie is about - Maguire, and Rod, Maguire and Dorothy, Rod and his wife Marcee (Regina King), Dorothy and her sister (Hunt), and so on. Cameron Crowe plays with light and focus, too, to the point that when Maguire and Dorothy are together and happy, they're glowing. It's a sweet movie.

What's funny is, I saw it years ago, and I remembered the mission statement and I remember Tidwell's "injury" but almost nothing else. I still couldn't tell you why Tidwell is suddenly offered a big contract - because he...scored in an important game, I guess? I don't understand sports at all, really.

Anyway, Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for this role, Cruise was nominated, Zellweger got her career on track, and so it's kind of a notable movie in that respect. Also Patton Oswalt has a funny routine about it.

My grade: B+
Rewatch Value: Low

Next up: Jewel of the Nile