"Jerry Maguire" (1996)

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Cameron Crowe
Written By: Cameron Crowe
Released: December 13th, 1996
Runtime: 138 minutes
Studio: TriStar Pictures

When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide memo that promptly gets him fired. Desperate to hang on to the athletes that he represents, Jerry starts his own management firm, with only single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) joining him in his new venture. Banking on their sole client, football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Jerry and Dorothy begin to fall in love as they struggle to make their business work.

This is a great film. Warm, funny, well-rounded; It has something for everyone. 

Tom Cruise is a great lead. He embodies the character with wonderful charm and charisma. Opposite him we have Renee Zellweger playing the love interest. Immediately smitten with Jerry when we first meet her, I thought her character came off a bit of a hapless romantic at the beginning of the film but as the story unfolds she proves to have just as much backbone as Jerry exudes with his clients. They make a good contrast. What I like a lot about it is it’s not all about the sport, and it’s not all about the romance either. There’s a good balance.

Stuart Little’s Jonathan Lipnicki plays Dorothy’s son. My favourite scenes were between him and Jerry. They were so sweet.

The film has a good soundtrack as well. Bruce Springsteen’s “Secret Garden” (one of my favourites of his songs) features in a big way. The film also features songs from Elvis Presley, The Who, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan.

A really enjoyable and feel good film. One of the better romantic comedies out there.