"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