Jerry Maguire (1996)
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Jerry Maguire lives in the shadow of corporate success movies like Wall Street, as its protagonist tries to recover that kind of success after being fired from a top athlete representation agency, only to realize what true success is, but as the epiphany only comes along WITH actual financial success, I'm afraid the theme gets lost in the schmaltz. Oh, it's not that cheesy, only kind of became so because many of its lines became famous. In actuality, the romance between Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger works and is an adult one. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the one client who sticks with Jerry, but gives him a hard time because of his huge personality. In the end, I wish the film were tighter. The romance and sports stories distract from one another (and perhaps that's the point), and the thing Jerry does to get fired, treated like it's the film's real message, is never clearly said. Didn't QUITE have me at hello.
How does that end up on a list of 1,000 best movies ever made? Seriously? It's cliche after cliche topped by average acting.
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This movie ranks #100 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #265 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #406 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #420 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #425 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #462 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #564 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #830 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000