Jerry Maguire

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Comedy

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Time Out says

When sports agent Jerry Maguire (Cruise) writes an uncharacteristically idealistic manifesto suggesting his company should opt for fewer clients and a more caring approach, he's applauded by his colleagues who, as soon as he's fired, desert him - along with all but one of his clients, mouthy footballer Rod Tidwell (Gooding). But then Jerry also has support from single mum Dorothy Boyd (Zellweger), who happens to have fallen for him. Will the prospect of failure allow him to open up to his emotions, instead of just half-hearted affairs, as before? Lauded as a witty moral fable with a revelatory performance from its star, this romantic comedy is in fact meretricious, manipulative and reactionary. Cruise is still limited to three modes of expression: anxious, determined and smugly smiling. Since Maguire never really breaks with the money-oriented definition of success favoured by the agency that fired him, his 'failure' and diatribes against cynicism are meaningless. As for his 'redemption' through the love of a good woman: she's a doting doormat who even apologises for his mistakes, and he's so peremptory about getting what he wants that the film comes over as unthinkingly sexist. Sterling performances, nevertheless, from Zellweger and Gooding.
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1996

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139 mins

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cwt

I watched Jerry Maguire on DVD, again, for a third time; and again, for the third time, I was left feeling, "How could anybody think this was a good romantic comedy?" The reviewer got it exactly right. Additionally, Bonnie Hunt, as always, is marvelous to watch.

cwt

I watched Jerry Maguire on DVD, again, for a third time; and again, for the third time, I was left feeling, "How could anybody think this was a good romantic comedy?" The reviewer got it exactly right. Additionally, Bonnie Hunt, as always, is marvelous to watch.

thetruest

maggie is idiot. So is the the last part of this idiot review and the person who wrote it.

thetruest

maggie is idiot. So is the the last part of this idiot review and the person who wrote it.