Out of all of the directors, there are not many who can continuously blend comedy, drama, and intelligence into one single script like Cameron Crowe. And Jerry Maguire is a fine representation of that.
Tom Cruise stars as an emotionally torn sports agent who, after writing a memo outlining how the firm should be more concerned with their clients' welfare than making money, is fired, dumped by his girlfriend, and forced to start over with only one client, a pompous football player (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) who is way too full of himself. Things are also interesting between him and his one employee (Renee Zellwegger), who are on the verge of taking their relationship to the next level.
There are only two things better than a movie with good acting, and those are a good script and an entertaining story. Jerry Maguire has both. While Cruise, Zellwegger, Gooding, Jr., and even little Jonathon Lipnicki shine in their respective places, the script dazzles, with mouthful after mouthful of hearty dialogue.
When I originally saw this movie, I was sort of disturbed and bored, but that was because I was watching it when I was fourteen, and with my grandma. Now that I have watched it again, being of sounder mind, I must say that this is one of the best movies of the 1990's. It is funny, charming, dramatic, and entertaining all at the same time.
Of course, Cuba Gooding, Jr. won an Oscar for this film, but Tom Cruise is even more deserving of one. He is absolutely breathtaking.
Jerry Maguire is and should be considered a great movie. It does have a few boring parts here and there, especially towards the end, but at the same time it has so many memorable scenes that it doesn't matter.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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