The I Ching of Jerry Maguire

“In the quest for the big dollars, a lot of the little things were going wrong.”

Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire

Whenever I need answers in life, I go to “the well.” (Thanks to Lori and her outstanding book for introducing me to that term.) What’s my well? The movie Jerry Maguire.

I loved the difference of opinion, the debate around sports provoked by the last post. There is no topic I have written about that has drawn more passion, I don’t think.

Darcy (who never reads my blog) made an exception for this post. He LOVED what you all said. He wishes we could gather all together for a roundtable to discuss this in person, possibly over nachos and beer.

The commentary provoked me to return to the well, which in this case is the opening scene of Jerry Maguire which so, so NAILS both the joy and downside of sports. Remarkably, most of what is said in this much more brief opening than I remembered (ONLY 4 minutes!!) is still true today, and the foreshadowing of the research to come about how disfiguring concussions are later in life is seen in the hockey player story.

Hockey player’s son, concerned:

“Mr. Maguire, this is his fourth concussion this year. Shouldn’t SOMEBODY get him to stop?”

Tom Cruise, blase, answering someone on his phone, not paying attention:

“Hey, hey, hey: it would take a TANK to stop your Dad. It would take all five super trooper VR warrior tanks to stop your Dad. Wouldn’t it? Right? Right?”


“Fuck you.”

Voiceover: “Who had I become? Just another shark in a suit?”


Another blogger (Mo?) once quoted Jerry Maguire throughout a post.

For me, the movie honestly provides advice for almost any situation.

Getting a big head? Here’s my favorite takedown EVER for someone who is bragging.

Cuba Gooding, Jr.:

“Jerry Rice, Andre Reed, Chris Carter — I smoke all these fools!”

Unimpressed uncredited extra:

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

We say “Yeah, yeah, yeah” a lot around here.

If someone is wallowing in self-pity:

Tom Cruise:

“I’m finished, I’m fucked. Twenty-four hours ago, man, I was hot! Now… I’m a cautionary tale. You see this jacket I’m wearing, you like it? Because I don’t really need it. Because I’m cloaked in failure! I lost the number one draft picked the night before the draft! Why? Let’s recap: Because a hockey player’s kid made me feel like a superficial jerk. I ate two slices of bad pizza, went to bed and grew a conscience!”

Cuba Gooding Jr.:

“Well, Boo-fucking-hoo.”

There’s a lot of “Well, Boo-fucking-hoo” around here.

When inspiration is needed…

Random guy at copy place:

“That’s how you become great, man. Hang your balls out there!”

When life sucks…

Tom Cruise:

“The fuckin zoo is closed, Ray.”

The best, ultimate advice for life…

Tom Cruise’s early mentor:

“Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.”

Are there movies that you go to, time and again, to provide guidance and reassurance?


Filed under My Favorite Things

8 responses to “The I Ching of Jerry Maguire

  1. Gail K

    The 2 movies we watch over and over and quote all the time are “Office Space” and “Idiocracy”. LOVE both of those!!

  2. LOL…. the first quote that popped into my head was John Belushi as Bluto in “Animal House:” “My advice to you… is to start drinking heavily.” Not quite you wanted to hear, I’m sure. šŸ˜‰

  3. I think I might need “Boo-fucking-hoo” taped to my computer. šŸ˜‰

    I’m more of a Dead Poets’ Society girl, but I haven’t quoted it in years … perhaps I’ve outgrown it?

  4. SRB

    The Princess Bride. Absolutely, without a doubt.

  5. geochick

    I don’t think I have a go-to movie, although my DH might tell you that it’s Spaceballs. Probably not the kind of answer you’re looking for…

  6. Ditto Justine.

    I did love this movie. Now I want to watch it again…maybe not with the kids just yet.

    I must admit, on your last post I was unable to click over to the video because of your warning (which I really appreciated). Plus, I’m not one who feels strongly about sports. Except The Broncos.

  7. Lots of good quotables in Jerry Maguire!

    For all of life’s questions/answers, my go-to movies are The Princess Bride, Office Space, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Merely a flesh wound” from Monty Python is one of the big catchphrases in our household.

    We also had recently watched a short satire video joking about helping people with “first world problems”, and the kit included “a bridge, a straw, and a full cup with a cover” – a bridge to “get over it”, a straw to “suck it up”, and the full cup…well…use the cover to “shut the full cup”. Now when either my husband or I gets excessively whiny/self-pitying about small stuff, one of us will look at the other and go “do you need the full cup? Or a bridge?”.

    But I like Cuba Gooding Jr.’s response to the whining/self-pity thing too! Will have to keep that one in mind for myself…

  8. I absolutely love that film! and I’m not even into sports šŸ™‚

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