'Maguire' is worth more than its now-cliched line

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January 17, 1998|By Chris Kaltenbach

A typically solid performance from Tom Cruise, a star-making performance from Renee Zellweger and a scene-stealing (and Oscar-winning) performance from Cuba Gooding Jr. are only three of the many reasons to watch "Jerry Maguire" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., Showtime).

Cruise is Maguire, a sports agent who suffers a moment of moral clarity and pays for it by losing all of his clients -- save for one, an underappreciated (or is it underachieving?) wide receiver named Rod Tidwell (Gooding). With all his eggs suddenly in one basket, Maguire finds himself clawing to put Tidwell on top and re-establish himself in a business that no longer wants any part of him. Zellweger plays the secretary who casts her lot with Maguire and forces him to be the better person she knows he is (the scene where he finally tells her how he feels is one of those classic romantic moments that prove Hollywood magic often has nothing to do with special effects).

It's wonderful stuff, deftly written and sure-handedly directed by Cameron Crowe. Trust me: there's a lot more to "Jerry Maguire" than "Show me the money!"

Pub Date: 1/17/98

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