JERRY MAGUIRE, 1996
Starring: Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King
After sports agent Jerry Maguire gets fired because of expressing his moral views about how the sports agency should run, he forms a new company with the only co-worker who will go with him (because she has a crush on him and believes in his views) to form a new agency with the only athlete willing to still be represented by him.
So you've got this guy who works with and represents talented athletes, gets wrongly fired, and ends up a free agent with the only athlete who'll agree to work with him- a talented little known athlete who is a hassle to be dealt with and an unforseen bond forms between them. Huh. You know what, I think I liked it better 2 years earlier when it was called “The Scout” (starring Albert Brooks and Brendan Fraser)!
Jerry Maguire is a top sports agent for many of the high earning athletes in various sports. After being belittled by the young son of a hospitalized hockey player, Jerry has a bit of a mental breakdown which results in his staying up all night and writing out a moral mission statement about the dishonest dealings in the sports management business and how he believes the company he works for should be run. He titles it “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business.” He makes a bunch of copies of this mission statement and puts it in the mailbox of all his co-workers. The next morning, after everyone has read it, Jerry is met by thunderous applause and well wishes from his co-workers as it seems they agree with his moral accusations.
Not long after, Jerry's protege, Bob Sugar, is charged with the duty of firing Jerry for his actions. The two men are now enemies and go to work calling all of Jerry's clients: Jerry wants them to stay with him as he forms a new agency, Bob wants them to sign with him and stay with the agency. Bob, with all his assistants, is quicker on the draw and when all is said and done Jerry is left with only two athletes remaining with him: Rod Tidwell (a cocky football player who thinks he deserves much more money than he's being paid and bigger sponsorship deals) and Frank “Cush” Cushman (a college football player that is expected to be a first round draft pick into the NFL). Jerry leaves the company and extends an invitation for any of his co-workers to follow him in the formation of a new enterprise. The only one to go along is Dorothy Boyd, a single mother who met Jerry in the airport and was moved by his mission statement.
Jerry splits his life between a) trying to get Cush the best deal he can in the NFL draft, b) trying to get Rod the best deal he can for both a contract renewal and a sponsorship deal, c) getting married to his fiance Avery. Two-thirds of that equation falls away during the draft pick. While Jerry is leading Rod around to schmooze with important people in football, Bob Sugar manages to convince Cush to sign under him saying he'll get a better deal for him than Jerry could. After Jerry finds out, he goes to Avery to be consoled, but she instead belittles him and calls him a loser. He calls off the engagement, and she answers back by punching him in the face!
Jerry goes to Dorothy to fill her in on the situation, and the two begin a relationship. But does Jerry have it in him to not only make his relationship with Dorothy work, but get Rod's demands met and make money in the process?
“Jerry Maguire” is WAY longer than it needs to be, running in at a hefty 2 hours and 18 minutes! As a sports-related romantic comedic drama, I feel like it should have been about 40 minutes shorter than that! And there were parts of the movie that seemed to exist JUST to make the plot more complex and thereby taking more time to wrap things up (for instance, the wedding, which makes NO sense for the characters to get married when they do other than to add another unneeded complexity to the script)!
Speaking of which, the relationship between Jerry and Dorothy was completely unrealistic! Their relationship progressed at an unnaturally break next pace (since the whole movie felt to only span a couple weeks, months at most) that I was unable to believe that they felt as strongly for one another as the movie WANTED me to believe they did.
The acting was very good (to give credit where it's due), but the movie just felt so unbelievable and long that I often found myself just not caring what was going on.
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