Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jerry Maguire

Writer/director Cameron Crowe's quotable film is re-released on a 20th Edition Blu-ray set. Tom Cruise stars as sports agent Jerry Maguire whose late night epiphany about working better for fewer clients (and less money) costs him his job, his fiance (Kelly Preston), and all but a single client. Leaving his firm and striking out on his own, Jerry builds a new life supporting the difficult wide receiver (Cuba Gooding Jr., who took home and Oscar for his role as Rod Tidwell) and falling for the one woman (Renée Zellweger) and her son (Jonathan Lipnicki) who follow him to his new enterprise.

20 years later the film proves to still be highly entertaining. Cruise and Gooding are terrific, her role would make the fresh-faced Zellweger a star, and young Jonathan Lipnicki is ridiculously cute. Schmaltzy at times but with a big heart, the film is worth seeking out if you haven't seen it in awhile. It may not be Cruise's best, but it's certainly one of his most watchable films.

The new 20th Anniversary DVD includes deleted and extended scenes, a 3-part retrospective looking back at the film, a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie, Rod Tidwell's first commercial, music video, photo gallery, trailer, and picture-in-picture audio commentary from Cruise, Zellweger, Gooding, and Crowe. Limited editions also come with the film's soundtrack and a print copy of Jerry's mission statement.

[Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $25.99]

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