Sweet and charming as date movies go, with strong performances from the entire cast."The Things We Think And Do Not Say."
That's the title of the mission statement/memo that sports uberagent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) writes in the middle of the night. That same mission statement gets him fired, but Jerry takes an assistant named Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) and a single, solitary client named Rod Tidwell (Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) with him. It's not a story about sports (although it easily could have been), but instead about love.
Jerry's girlfriend Avery (Kelly Preston) leaves him not long after he's fired, and Jerry starts to fall (or so he thinks) for Dorothy ("That's more than a dress," he tells her on a date, "that's an Audrey Hepburn movie."). Dorothy isn't as well-to-do as Jerry was, so she needs things from him as an employer, like health insurance for her kid, Ray (Jonathan Lipnicki). She starts to fall for Jerry, too. He struggles to get his career back on track, and juggles his relationship with her and her son, all under the watchful eye of Rod and Dorothy's sister Laurel (Bonnie Hunt). They marry, but living happily ever after isn't exactly a certainty.
When Jerry starts to get back into the swing of his life, he starts to wonder if marrying Dorothy was the right thing to do, and she wonders the same ("On the surface, everything seems fine. I've got this great guy. And he loves my kid. And he sure does like me a lot. And I can't live like that. It's not the way I'm built," she tells him).
There's never really any doubt if they'll stay together, is there?
Didn't think so.
I'm a Tom Cruise fan. I admire his work (most of it, anyway) but I'm not rabid in my adulation. The role of Jerry was perfect for him, though. Zellweger is cute as a button (like Lipnicki, only less annoying), and the romance between the two of them works. Jerry is flawed, and Dorothy isn't perfect, either, and that's what makes the relationship touching. Gooding steals the show, and Bonnie Hunt makes the most of her limited screen time, as she does in any film she's in.This movie is a worthy companion to writer/director Cameron Crowe's previous efforts, Singles and Say Anything. See it if you haven't already.