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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some characters are superficial, shallow, and conniving, but they don't necessarily win in the end.
Positive Role Models
Sports agents are depicted as callous, ruthless, and backstabbing businesspeople who will do anything to sign players. One man, however, develops a conscience and tries to care more about the people in his professional and personal life. A single mother is obviously a good person who dotes on her son, but she struggles to make the right choices for the right reasons. Some professional athletes are shown as superficial, reckless, and spoiled, although a main character -- a football player -- demonstrates genuine love for his family and friends and rediscovers his passion for the sport.
Violence & Scariness
A woman punches and kicks her fiancé after he breaks up with her. A football player gets injured during a game and is unconscious on the field for several tense moments. A woman slaps and kicks her brother-in-law.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman are shown having loud, vigorous sex. Although the woman's bare back is to the camera, her breasts are briefly glimpsed. The couple is later shown sitting naked at a table, eating strawberries. A woman and man are shown passionately kissing and touching; they are later shown in bed together. An intoxicated man kisses a woman and fondles her breast. Locker-room scenes show male athletes in various stages of undress, including several shots of naked behinds.
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Cursing throughout, such as "motherf--ker" and "bulls--t."
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Products & Purchases
Athletes are shown endorsing various products and companies; brands such as Chevrolet and Reebok are mentioned. A woman is shown drinking a Coke.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and cigars. A woman smokes what appears to be a joint. A main character is shown visibly drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jerry Maguire handles many grown-up themes, such as professional ethics, moral crises, romantic relationships, intimacy issues, and single motherhood. A raucous sex scene opens the movie, but is usually cut out when shown on TV. There's still plenty of locker-room nudity the audience almost sees, and more sex later in the movie. Some characters are superficial, shallow, and conniving, but they don't necessarily win in the end. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a feel-good movie, the kind that has viewers rooting for an everyman who struggles to do the right thing in a world where it's much easier to do the opposite. Jerry Maguire is both touching and funny. Cuba Gooding Jr. is not only hilarious as Jerry's sole client, but he gives his football-player character depth and compassion. The friendship that develops between him and Jerry is humorous and believable. Meanwhile, Renée Zellweger holds her own in her first major role as Dorothy, Jerry's loyal co-worker, his love interest, and the mother of an adorable son (played by Jonathan Lipnicki). Bonnie Hunt is solid as Dorothy's wary but well-meaning sister.
Director Cameron Crowe and his cast create several scenes that have become well known and spoofed often. The amped-up "show me the money" exchange between Gooding and Cruise is particularly memorable. And phrases like "you complete me" and "you had me at hello" are practically part of American vernacular. Although it occasionally gets sidelined by schmaltz, Jerry Maguire ultimately hits the right balance between satisfying chick flick and thumbs-up sports cinema.
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