Streaming Pick of the Week (April 27 — May 3)

Chad Durham
Apr 27, 2020 · 2 min read

April 27 — May 3

Jerry Maguire

Available on Netflix

Rating: R

Director: Cameron Crowe

Starring: Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bonnie Hunt, Regina King, Jonathan Lipnicki

Cameron Crowe enjoyed a run of hits in the late 1980s and up until 2000 when he wrote and directed Say Anything (1989), Singles (1992), Jerry Maguire (1996), and Almost Famous (2000). Crowe was rightly celebrated for his ability to create indelible characters who break free from cinematic conventions and take residence in audience’s hearts. (You can hear our Almost Famous roundtable here.) Jerry Maguire is a mash-up of a sports movie and a romantic comedy that introduced the world to Renee Zellweger, gave Tom Cruise one of his most iconic roles, and earned Cuba Gooding Jr. an Oscar. The story of a sports agent who grows a conscience is funny, realistic, and moving. As is usual with Crowe scripts, the story doesn’t follow the exact beats one would expect, eschewing the restriction of formula for the rhythm of authenticity. Jerry Maguire is mostly concerned with two relationships: the one between Maguire (Cruise) and his client Rod Tidwell (Gooding Jr.) and the one between Maguire and his secretary/love interest Dorothy (Zellweger). These parallel connections relate to everyone who has ever navigated the complex waters of friendship and romance. It features a scene-stealing performance from Jonathan Lipnicki, the then-5-year-old who played Zellweger’s son. All in all, Maguire wears its bleeding heart on its sleeve, finding humor, drama, and pathos on its way to a beautiful conclusion. With more recognizable one-liners than almost any movie from the 90s. Jerry Maguire is a rom-com classic.

Check out our podcast episode from this week discussing Jerry Maguire.