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Jerry Maguire (1996) Movie Review

Jerry Maguire is one of those movies that popularized a lot of catchphrases. It had many quotable lines still being used today despite premiering almost 20 years ago.

The thing about the movie Jerry Maguire is that its humor is on point and never misses a beat. Plus, it has the legendary Tom Cruise in it.

Plot Overview

The movie follows Jerry Maguire, a mid-30-year-old sports agent for Sports Management International (SMI). One night he had a life-altering vision and wrote a mission statement about his goal and desire to work with fewer clients because he wanted to establish a close bond with them. He believes that his message will produce better results. However, his company didn't like it and sent his rival, Bob Sugar, to fire him. Before his last minute as an agent, Jerry and Bob got into a competition to call Jerry's clients to convince them not to use the other's services. In the middle of the commotion, Jerry is only able to persuade Rod Tidwell, who is disappointed with his contract because it's not enough to provide for his family. Meanwhile, Bob convinced Jerry's other clients.

Jerry announces that he will create his agency firm and asks if anyone wants to join him. He was only able to convince 26-year-old single mother Dorothy Boyd. This begins Jerry's quest to redeem himself and prove to everyone that his mission statement is not a joke.

This movie features the acting prowess of Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renee Zellweger.


Jerry Maguire is a very engaging and funny movie. I laughed at its great moments and fell in love during the romantic scenes between Dorothy and Jerry. I like that they combined humor and drama while telling a fictional story that might be too farfetched but still made it work out.

It's not surprising Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger and their talented acting capabilities pulled this off. What surprised me is Cuba Gooding Jr. His performance in this movie is phenomenal and truly deserving of the Best Supporting Actor award at the 69th Academy Awards, where he went toe-to-toe with William H. Macy and his monumental role in Fargo.

This film has been nominated in the Best Picture category but lost to The English Patient. However, I'd probably rank Jerry Maguire higher if we discussed story quality and creativity. It may not be as good as Fargo, but it's right up there.

Jerry Maguire dwells on its easy-going story that anyone can enjoy. It's a popcorn-type film that can be enjoyed anytime with your friends and family.

A good 4 out of 5 stars.

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