The Black characters are portrayed as crazy animals as they often are (Marcie jumping on TeePee like a cheetah, really?). I also feel like he still doesn't love her, more like a creepy dependency/I love you in my own way thing. Renee is beautiful, though. And Cruise, well, okay, he is, too.
The start of the painfully all to familiar Cameron Crowe formula: Man at crossroads in his life meets vivacious woman who teaches him to have a new outlook on everything. Formula repeated in Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, and Aloha. He's essentially just been remaking this same film with slight tweaks to plot and setting for two decades over and over.
Dated and naive today, but in a way that acknowledges the cynicism out there and says fuck it. Watching a movie with its heart so unabashedly on its sleeve was incredibly refreshing. Features one of Cruise's most intense and earnest performances, and I'm reminded of how much I love Crowe's dialogue. Also gotta love that mid-'90s film stock.
This could have been great if it was the story of a sports agent and an athlete forming an intimate relationship amidst personal chaos. Sadly, the movie is half the aforementioned and half an unbearable, childish, sloppily executed romance featuring some especially awful acting from Renee Zellweger. Supposedly a film about a moral epiphany, JERRY MAGUIRE is just a shallow and wholly unbelievable story.
Take it for what it is -- a feel-good movie that mixes sports with love, and has Tom Cruise in it (until Cuba Gooding Jr. steals the show). The story is one of those "only in movies" things, but there are plenty of laughs, warm moments, and memorable lines to not care about that.