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Date: 14 July 1999
Summary: At the risk of my own cynical reputation...
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It's all well and good to stroll through life with a healthy air of
scepticism, but despite some peoples' views on these supposedly
'manipulative' romantic films, there are an elite few that really do have
things to say based on something more noble than ticket sales - things
are actually worth listening to.
Jerry Maguire is one of these rare beasts. No, it's not perfect, and no,
doesn't ring true for every last second of its running time, but if you
away from it with a sneer rather than a genuine desire to take a step back
and look at yourself, then there's no romance in your soul at all. It's a
genre that's always been particularly susceptible to the flood of
money-spinners, so to come across something that's had so much visible
thought and effort thrown into it from all corners is a revelation. I'm
naive enough to think that anything making it big in the film industry
days can be purely a labour of love, but Jerry Maguire at least comes
It's refreshing to see Tom Cruise demonstrate that, against all odds, he
act his heart out when given the right role, as can Cuba Gooding Jr.
(neither of them better previously or since) - and the rest of the cast
it every bit as much passion. It's beautifully written, and shot with an
easy style that makes me wish there were more directors like Cameron Crowe
in this world.
And on top of that, it gets better with each viewing. Even the soundtrack
feels as if weeks have been spent fine-tuning it to perfection, and I'm no
fan of Springsteen or Tom Petty. Deride it if you like, I'm not saying
Jerry Maguire's totally free of sentiment... I'm just suggesting that it's
not necessarily a bad thing to have your heartstrings tugged and your
self-awareness questioned once in a while.
or read customer reviews at Amazon.com.
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