Film: Jerry Maguire

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Jerry Maguire

Director: Cameron Crowe
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Distributor: Sony Pictures

One of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s, this box-office hit cemented writer-director Cameron Crowe’s reputation as “the voice of a generation.” Crowe could probably do without that label, but he’s definitely in sync with the times with this savvy story about a sports agent (Tom Cruise) whose fall from grace motivates his quest for professional recovery, and the slow-dawning realization that he needs the love and respect of the single mom (Renée Zellweger in her breakthrough role) who has supported him through the worst of times. This is one of Cruise’s…

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One of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s, this box-office hit cemented writer-director Cameron Crowe’s reputation as “the voice of a generation.” Crowe could probably do without that label, but he’s definitely in sync with the times with this savvy story about a sports agent (Tom Cruise) whose fall from grace motivates his quest for professional recovery, and the slow-dawning realization that he needs the love and respect of the single mom (Renée Zellweger in her breakthrough role) who has supported him through the worst of times. This is one of Cruise’s best, most underrated performances, and in an Oscar-winning role, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the football star who remains Jerry Maguire’s only loyal client on a hard road to redemption and personal growth. If that sounds touchy-feely, it is only because Crowe has combined sharp entertainment with a depth of character that is rarely found in mainstream comedy. —Jeff Shannon

Barnes and Noble

The surprise box-office smash of 1996, Jerry Maguire reestablished Tom Cruise as a star of romantic comedies, earned stardom for Renée Zellweger, and won writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) a spot on Hollywood’s A-list. It also scored an Oscar for supporting player Cuba Gooding Jr. and thrust a new catchphrase—”Show me the money!”—into the popular lexicon. Crowe’s zesty romance has an enduring charm: Cruise still shines as the brash but vulnerable sports agent whose moment of uncharacteristic frankness gets him fired. Opening his own small agency, the dispirited go-getter receives encouragement from his only employee, a single mom (Zellweger) who secretly adores him. Tom’s twinkling eyes and toothy grin notwithstanding, the show is nearly stolen by Gooding’s comically conceited athlete—Maguire’s lone client—who makes his demands very clear. Crowe’s Oscar-nominated script sparkles with clever lines and fleshes out characters in ways not typical of breezy Hollywood love stories. This winning combination of snappy storytelling, endearing characters, and incisive direction keeps Jerry Maguire fresh and contemporary; it’s a modern classic that merits addition to every home library. The new DVD Special Edition is a two-disc set: Disc One presents the film itself, accompanied by commentary from Crowe, Cruise, Zellweger, and Gooding; Disc Two features a video commentary from these principals, deleted scenes, and rehearsal footage, with commentaries by Crowe, a profile of sports agent Drew Rosenhaus, a making-of featurette, Bruce Springsteen’s music video for the song “Secret Garden,” and much more. Ed Hulse

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