Jerry Maguire (1996)


This was another film that I sat down and watched without knowing anything about it so imagine my delight when Tom Cruise appeared on the screen.


Plot (from IMDb):

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

Tom Cruise stars along side Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger.

When Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) gets fired from his job the only person to stand up and join him is Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) and this is because she has read his ‘Mission Statement’ and believes in what he has written. She is inspired by it.

So together they start their own company with the one single client that has stayed loyal to Jerry, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.).

But, Dorothy has a son, Ray, and she needs to be able to take care of him and by starting the new company with Jerry she has lost her income as the new company isn’t able to bring in any money.

As the company continues to be unsuccessful Dorothy has to take a job in San Diego to provide for her son but as she is leaving Jerry asks her to marry him.

She says yes and they get married but once they start life as a married couple Jerry is continuously absent from the house to go watch his client play in his games and meet with team coaches. Although he does remain interested and loyal to Ray when he is home and it is clear that he has grown to love Ray.

The company continues to be unsuccessful and Jerry continues to be absent. Eventually one night, when Jerry is home, Dorothy breaks up with him as she can’t continue in this way.

Jerry leaves to watch Rod in a live game. During this game Rod is tackled to the floor and there is a tense few minutes when he doesn’t move. He does, however, get up and the game continues.

After the game has finished Rod gets the attention from the press that he has always wanted and Jerry is happy for the way things have turned out but in that moment he realises that he is missing something.

We watch as Jerry rushes home and announces to Dorothy, in front of the Divorced Women’s Group, that he can’t live without her and this evening everything was going right but something was missing because he couldn’t share the moment with her.


Dorothy tells him that he had her at hello and the film finishes with Jerry, Dorothy and Ray walking through the park and Jerry telling Dorothy that Ray has potential after a Baseball lands near them and Ray throws it back impressively to the players.

So, I watched this last night, straight after Snatch (2000) and I was drawn in much more by this film. I found myself welling up when Jerry told Dorothy that he loves her and I was happy when they got married. I was sad when Dorothy almost left and I was nearly crying along with Macey (Rod’s wife) when Rod was injured and not moving.

I also adored Ray who was such a sweet funny kid.


I enjoyed watching this film and it’s great to show people how to persevere and to not give up even when it seems like everything is going wrong. Just as long as you have someone who believes in you something good will happen eventually.

You just need to believe that you can do it.

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3 thoughts on “Jerry Maguire (1996)

  1. Oooh I have actually seen this one! I remember it being good like you’ve said, nice description. 🙂

    By the way you probably want to put a warning up about spoilers, otherwise people considering watching the film will now know the entire movie…)

      • Well I would yeah, but I mean you can talk about all of the start of the film without mentioning it, and then when your get to like the last half you could put warning spoilers ahead.
        I would just hate for someone to have a ‘Dumbledore dies?’ moment haha.

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