Jerry Maguire (1996)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jay Mohr, Jerry O’Connell

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

R. 138 mins

An intelligent sports film with a heart. Cruise plays Jerry Maguire, a charismatic sports agent who realizes that there is something wrong with the way people in his field conduct business and he vows to change his ways  while (hopefully) bringing his co-workers along with him. Though his peers admire the idea of caring more about the athlete than the profits, the only one who follows Jerry out of the office and onto a different path is single mother Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) and his new client, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr. in his Academy Award-winning performance). Though it’s much longer than it needs to be, Jerry Maguire is very likeable thanks to some memorable performances and an entertaining script with gentle direction from Cameron Crowe. There are some moral lessons to be had, but unfortunately the plot is bit too far-fetched and Jerry’s redemption is hard to buy into but of course, this idealism is a nice treat given the sort of films made these days – * * * 

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