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JERRY MAGUIRE

Directed by Cameron Crowe (1996, Columbia Tristar)
Starring Tom Cruise, Rene Zellweger, Cuba Gooding, Jr, and Kelly Preston

A sports agent struggles to succeed with his single client and secretary, after labeling himself as a man with a conscience.

 

 

January 25th, 2013 on DVD, for the 4th time  
   

Maybe I built this movie up so much in my mind that it couldn't live up to expectations, but I remember this being a much better movie. This time around, I found it long and a little dull. There were some really good moments, such as Rod in the shower, and the moment where he realizes that he needs to share his victory with his wife. But others felt just stretched out. The line "you had me at hello" is still one that is often quoted, and used in different contexts, with "hello" being changed to just about anything. It's amazing how it has entered out culture.

 

 

5 stars

August 9th, 2000 on Video for the 3rd time  
   

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 dumps him. 

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 him. 

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 a towel.

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.

 
   

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