The first time I saw
this movie, in the theatre, I really enjoyed it. We bought the
video, and watched it a second time. Then, I thought to get rid of
the video. This time around, after several years of no Jerry
Maguire, I adored the movie. I laughed and I cried.
This is a subtle comedy, about a man out of his element, trying
to survive, when his life depends entirely on his single, attitude-filled,
client. And he hates to be alone.
After growing a conscience, Jerry gets himself fired by circulating
a "mission statement", which everybody calls a memo. One of the accountants
is so inspired that she decides to join him. But all of his clients,
except one, stays with his old company. And so his fiancée
So he is broke, alone, and in a very precarious position.
He falls for the accountant, Dorothy, because she's there, and she has
a very, very cute kid. All the actors were good, but this kid was
terrific! He made me laugh every scene he was in.
Jerry and Dorothy try to make a go of it, but she realizes that
she should take another job, across the state. But she has very little
willpower, and as she is leaving, he asks her to marry him, and of course,
she says yes.
The ceremony is quiet, but Rod, his football star-to-be (hopefully)
knows that Jerry is not serious, that he just doesn't want to be alone.
But they persevere, and Dorothy eventually comes to realize that Jerry
is in love with her son, and that he probably wouldn't notice if she wasn't
there. So she tries to end it.
Jerry goes out of town, to the football game, where his client
is knocked unconscious, then comes back after hearing the crowd cheer his
name. He loves the attention, in a sudden transformation from attitude-man.
He knows the crowd loves him, and he wins the game for them.
Everybody is happy except for Jerry, who drives home to make
a tear-jerking scene to his wife (and her sister's divorced women's group).
He couldn't enjoy the moment of victory, because she wasn't there with
The funny parts were throughout the whole movie. I laughed
at the gestures, the dialog, and especially the two kids. The best
scenes were conveyed by facial and body expressions alone, without any
words being spoken. Dorothy's face when she realizes Jerry has heard
her telling her sister that she loves him was priceless, as was the Apple
Jacks scene that immediately followed. Dorothy's face when she sees
her son kiss Jerry for the first time was heart-wrenching. Jerry's
dance in the shower (when trying to talk some sense into Rod) was followed
by some great body language by Rod, who likes to air-dry, instead of using
The teary scenes included the last one, of course, and the scene
where Dorothy decides to break up with him in the backyard, among others.
And then there were the scenes between Rod and his wife.
They were so mushy that at one end, you are about to be sick (but it's
very funny, nonetheless), and at the other end, it makes Jerry and Dorothy
(married) very uncomfortable. At one point, Rod's wife is talking
about watching a movie, and Rod tells her that he hates it when she goes
to movies without him. They start apologizing to each other, being
all kissy-kissy. Jerry looks over at Dorothy, and kisses her on the
wrist. That was as far as their emotional attachment went!
There was so much stuff, funny and teary, that I can't begin
to describe it. But it was both a lot of fun, and a great story.
The music was mostly rock-n-roll, and was perfectly appropriate.
The pop-up scenes where Jerry's mentor spews advice were perfectly times,
and hilarious as well, especially after his alarm clock goes off ("I love
waking up in the morning!").
This time around, the movie touched me exactly where it was supposed
to. I laughed and I cried. A perfect blend of a movie.