Actors: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Jerry Maguire|
|A sports agent appears to be doing well, but then he loses all but two clients. He quits his job and starts his own company with another woman. They start to do okay, but lose their best client. With just one client they try to hold on to him and make him a star football player. They then begin to fall in love and the agent develops a strong relationship with the football player.
--Jack Bauer, Resident Scholar
|An idealistic sports agent quits his job to open up his own agency after his workplace loses its passion for its players. Along the way he takes single mother, Dorothy, with him, and the two of them forge a relationship based on survival.
--Michelle Yusuf, Resident Scholar
|Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Rod Tidwell, a star wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, and Tom Cruise is his agent. Maguire gets involved in several furious endorsement negotiations for Tidwell, but he manages to walk away a winner. Gooding shines in his best role yet, and the phrase "Show me the money!" has now become a very well-known catchphrase.
--Teddy, Resident Scholar
|Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is a high-powered sports agent working for a big agency when he wakes up one morning and recognizes how empty his life is. He drafts an ambitious "mission/morality statement" which he distributes to the entire firm, and though his coworkers are impressed, he's suddenly out of a job. Not really sure what he's doing, but with the emotional support of sweet female coworker Dorothy (Zellweger) and a promising football player who decides stay with him as a client, Maguire goes it alone. The role is tailor made for Cruise, although Cuba Gooding Jr. matches him with enthusiastic, bursting energy that made "Show me the money!" a national catch phrase and won him an Oscar for best performance by an actor in a supporting role. Lots of real sportscasters and athletes have cameos, from Frank Gifford to Troy Aikman. Basically, writer-director Cameron Crowe put together a winning combination of guy story and chick flick to make a strong 1996 feel-good movie.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|This is an awesome movie that combines romance and sports. Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) plays a sports agent who suddenly discovers his real life meaning and at the same time loses his job. With the help of his loyal colleague Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) and one crazy football player (Cuba Gooding Jr.), he learns how to love someone else and his job at the same time.
--Christina, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Inner struggle or disability
- midlife crisis
Kind of sports story:
- businessman, saving a faltering
- agent (arts/sports/lobbyist)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) short/standard wavey
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
- White (American)
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- sports arena
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Movie makes you feel...
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude male butt
- Occasional swearing
- Some foul language
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