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Jerry Maguire (1996)

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

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Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a successful sports agent. The biggest clients, the respect, a beautiful fiancée, he has it all. Until one night he questions his purpose. His place in the world, and finally comes to terms with what's wrong with his career and life. Recording all his thoughts in a mission statement Jerry feels he has a new lease on life. Unfortunately his opinions aren't met with enthusiasm from his superiors and after dishonorably being stripped of his high earning clients and elite status within the agency Jerry steps out into the sports business armed with only one volatile client (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and the only person with belief in his abilities (Renée Zellweger) with the impossible task of rebuilding what he once had. Along the way he faces the harsh truths which he'd ignored in the past and a host of hardships that he'd never faced before. Written by Hax_9

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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13 December 1996 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,084,296 (USA) (13 December 1996)

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$153,620,822 (USA) (4 July 1997)
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Trivia

A fan wrote into Cameron Crowe's website The Uncool and asked who was the inspiration behind Bob Sugar. Crowe told a story about how he was in Dublin in 1993, with Pearl Jam. He and the band were hanging out in a bar when Ronnie Wood walked in. Wood yelled to Crowe, "There's a guy who is stalking me, and he finds me wherever I go. I don't trust him, and he seems nice, but he scares me. He says his name is ... Bob Sugar! Bob Sugar! Can you believe it?" Later on, Crowe realized Wood was probably saying "Brown Sugar," as in the Stones' famous song, not Bob Sugar. But the name stuck. "When it came time to name the characters for Jerry Maguire (1996), Sugar was the first one on the page," Crowe said. "The perfect name for a nemesis-it rolled off your tongue with ease." See more »

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When Jerry arrives at the Cushman house, he's driving a Dodge Intrepid. When he leaves, he's driving a Pontiac Grand Prix. See more »

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Jerry Maguire: [to Rod] I am out here for you. You don't know what it's like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?
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Successful multi genre
26 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a comedy, drama, romance, sports movie, and a money movie (e.g. Wall Street, where the main character is trying to make a lot of money). The problem such a movie faces is maintaining a consistent tone. Remember Prizzi's Honor? JM solves that problem by using restraint. It doesn't go over the top, although its characters sometimes do. It has funny moments, but it's not Animal House or American Pie. It's a drama, but it keeps the stakes low. This isn't Armageddon: they aren't trying to save the world. There are no life or death decisions. The romantic stakes aren't that high either: Renee Zellweger loves Tom Cruise, but she's been in love before and if this doesn't work out, she will be again. The only really high stakes are the money. By keeping the stakes low, JM let's us watch it with a bit of detachment.

This is more of a drama than a comedy. A good test is whether the characters change. Here, Tom Cruise starts off completely cynical, abruptly changes to ridiculously idealistic, then spends the rest of the movie finding the right balance. Renee Zellweger starts by loving Tom Cruise from afar, then gets him, then has to work out her ambiguous feelings.

JM is fun to watch. The characters, though flawed, are sympathetic. We enjoy watching them succeed, fail (sometimes in funny ways), and try to discover what they really care about. It's complicated, thoughtful, and surprisingly subtle.


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