Jerry Maguire: What are you doing with me, Rod?
Rod Tidwell: Why?
Jerry Maguire: I'm finished, I'm fucked. Twenty four hours ago, man, I was hot! Now... I'm a cautionary tale. You see this jacket I'm wearing, you like it? Because I don't really need it. Because I'm cloaked in failure! I lost the number one draft picked the night before the draft! Why? Let's recap: Because a hockey player's kid made me feel like a superficial jerk. I ate two slices of bad pizza, went to bed and grew a conscience!
Rod Tidwell: Well, boo-fucking-hoo
A very entertaining film that works as both a sports movie and a romantic comedy. Solid performances from the cast and a well written script by writer/director Cameron Crowe.
Tom Cruise stars as a successful sports agent who is fired from his big time company after speaking his mind in a mission statement. By being fired, Jerry loses nearly all his clients to a rival agent played by Jay Mohr, with the exception of one, Arizona Cardinals player Rod Tidwell, who believes Jerry may be able to help him secure a better contract.
Rod Tidwell: Anyone else would have left you by now, but I'm sticking with you. And if I have to ride your ass like Zorro, you're gonna show me the money.
On Jerry's last day in the office, he attempts to make a grand exit, hoping some will follow him to a new sports agency. He is almost on his own until one women, a 26 year old single mother, Dorothy, played by Renee Zellweger, steps up and joins him.
The story then becomes about two things: Jerry keeping up good relations with his only client Rod - the bromance, and Jerry keeping up a new relationship with his only employee, Dorothy - the romance.
These are the overall story elements, with interjections throughout that deal with life, success in the real world, and what it means to be happy or triumphant.
Dicky Fox: Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
The movie is very watchable. Crowe has a way of putting the elements together in terms of dialog, character action, and soundtrack choice to make an entertaining feature. The likable cast helps, although I always got annoyed by Bonnie Hunts man-hating sister character, and all the scenes involving her woman's group.
Tom Cruise is settled in a very Tom Cruise role opposed to a role in which Tom Cruise has developed, which isn't bad. Zellweger works well. And Cuba Gooding Jr. of course shines in a way that is unfortunate for the majority of years after this film for him.
There are a number of times when the film becomes a bit schmaltzy with its romantic plot and track choices that add to it, but for the most part I very much enjoy watching this movie every time I happen to catch it.
Rod Tidwell: I feel for you, man. But a real man wouldn't shoplift the pootie from a single mom.
Jerry Maguire: I didn't shoplift the pootie.
[Rod gives him a long Look]
Jerry Maguire: All right. I shoplifted the pootie.