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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Throwback Cinema: Jerry Maguire

"I am out here for you. You don't know what it's like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?"
This movie was Tom Cruise at the top of his game: funny, dramatic, touching and award-winning (kudos to Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Writer/director Cameron Crowe effortlessly creates a man (Cruise) on the brink of a professional meltdown who finds solace in another coworker (Renee Zellweger) who helps him rescue himself from a potentially crucial career lobotomy.
Cruise stars as a ruthless sports agent who in one swift move manages to throw away his career when he pens a revealing memoir detailing his doubts and misgivings about his career and purpose in life. Feeling very excited about his "moral epiphany," he shows off his latest work without the thought that folks at work probably won't be as excited as he was to read it. He loses his job, his clients, and almost his mind as he attempts to recapture a new love for his careers and personal life while he struggles to hang on to his only client (who, coincidentally, is goig through the same experience in his own life): the very unruly, demanding, yet passionate football player Rod Tidwell (Gooding, Jr.).
Cruise brilliantly portrays a man on the brink of losing his marbles and his grip on reality as he knows it: he's hilarious, sad and desperate but still seems charming in this 1996 movie. And, these days in this horrible economy, who hasn't felt a little desperate and sad?
Gotta love Cuba Gooding, Jr. in this movie. I'm waiting for him to regain his career and return to this big screen in a major role that he deserves.

My rating: A


LuckyCricket said...

I definitely agree. Tom Cruise was at his best in this film. Good connection with desperate and sad times from this movie to contemporary economic woes.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

I love Jerry Maguire! One of my top 10 favourites of all time. The script is also flawless and are filled with so many quotes. Thanks for this post Candice.

p.s. If anyone has the special edition DVD you can watch the entire movie with the main cast and director giving commentary! You'll feel like you are watching all together in your living room!

Arlice Nichole said...

I actually liked this movie. I think everyone did a really good job.

Skeptical Ben said...

What stands out about this film was show-stopping performances by all of the leads, Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Rene Zellwegger (discovered in this role really) and Bonnie Hunt as her sister. The kid was terrific also.

Aleena said...

The movie was great. The performances were great. But the kid was the best!!!

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