Jerry Maguire Review
St. Thomas University
Dr. Jan Bell
May 10, 2010
Jerry Maguire is a sports agent working for Sports Management International. After suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of stress and a guilty conscience, he writes a mission statement about perceived dishonesty in the sports management business and how he believes that it should be operated. He distributes copies of it, entitled "The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business". His co-workers are touched by his honesty and greet him with applause, but the management sends Bob Sugar to fire him. Jerry and Bob call all of Jerry's clients to try to convince them to not hire the services of the other. Jerry speaks to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell, one of his clients who is disgruntled with his contract. Tidwell tests Jerry's resolve through a very long telephone conversation, which culminates in the famed "Show Me the Money!" scene. Meanwhile, Bob Sugar secures most of Jerry's previous clients. Frank Cushman, a superstar football prospect expected to be #1 in the NFL Draft, also stays with Jerry after he makes a visit to Cushman's home. Leaving the office, Jerry announces he will start his own agency. Jerry travels to the NFL Draft with Cushman and convinces Tidwell to come too, to meet representatives of other NFL teams. Though Tidwell at first feels neglected compared to the superstar Cushman, Bob Sugar contacts Cushman's dad while Jerry is in the lobby with Tidwell and re-signs Cushman to SMI. Jerry concentrates all his efforts on Tidwell, now his only client, who turns out to be very difficult to satisfy. Over the next several months, the two direct harsh criticism towards each other with Rod claiming that Jerry is not trying hard enough to get him a contract while Jerry claims that Rod is not proving himself worthy of the money for which he asks. Bob Sugar attempts to steal Rod, but is rebuked by Rod...
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