You know you’ve crossed a barrier when your film is quoted to the point of nausea in popular culture. That’s what happed to Jerry Maguire, simply one of the best things to happen the ‘90s, even if “Show me the money” was played out a few minutes after it was first said.
This is a brilliantly scripted and acted piece, featuring some of the best work from Cuba Gooding Jr., Renee Zellweger, and Tom Cruise. Cameron Crowe writes and directs, crafting a movie that blurs the line between sports movie, drama, and romantic comedy without ever causing a problem.
Zellweger is wonderful as the single mother of one, played by a young Jonathan Lipnicki. Her relationship with Cruise is believable, fun, involving, and completely engrossing. They’re perfect as an on-screen couple, and none of the romance feels manipulative or forced. It unfolds at a natural pace, even if yes, Cruise had her at hello.
One the other side, Cruise is dealing with Cuba Gooding Jr., an obnoxious, loud, and always entertaining football player named Rod Tidwell. The ending delivers a very human side to harsh sports injuries, and despite his antics, it’s impossible not to fall for Tidwell. Gooding plays him with such enthusiasm, you can’t resist.
Jerry Maguire was more than worthy of is numerous Oscar nods, and probably deserved to win more than one (for Best Supporting Actor). It’s a perfect blend of genres for both males and females, with each intersecting perfectly to ensure neither sex is bored. This is a truly great movie that hasn’t aged a day.
Maguire comes to Blu-ray in one of those annoyingly inconsistent transfers that can trick you into thinking it’s breaking the mold for ‘90s movies in HD, and then destroy that thought the next. Detail is sporadic, looking great during the final act (for example), but flat and uninspired elsewhere. Colors tends to bleed, although it can produce some fine primaries without a problem. Mild edge enhancement seems to be added on occasion, but is then gone in the next shot. Flesh tones waver, as does the sharpness. Black levels are at least solid and consistent.
Obviously, much of the film is dialogue driven, but it does have one outstanding moment. The football game near the end of the film is a spectacular TrueHD audio showcase. Air horns ring out in individual channels, the hits sound brutal, and the crowd wonderfully surrounds the viewer. Aside from that sequence (a few minutes at best), there’s little else other than the center channel working for this one.
Extras are carried over from the two-disc DVD with one odd exception. Cameron Crowe discusses the film with the three main actors, but oddly, the DVD offered a picture-in-picture feature. It’s audio only on Bl-ray, which makes little sense. Five deleted scenes continue the commentary, as does some short rehearsal footage.
Jerry Maguire’s Mission Statement is a full copy of the memo from the film. A brief Reebok commercial with Rod Tidwell is about a minute long, and a terribly generic making-of is better off skipped. How to be a Sports Agent has an unnamed agent obnoxiously showing off his equipment, likely in some video used for studying Tom Cruise’s role. Finally, a music video and trailers round off a rather weak set of extras.