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[[caption-width-right:305: Everybody Loved him. Everybody disappeared. The journey is everything.]]

->'''Jerry''': ''I love you. You... you complete me. And I just...''
->'''Dorothy''': ''Shut up. Just... shut up. You had me at "hello."''

So there's this sports agent (Creator/TomCruise) and he's got a pretty sweet deal going on. He's great at his job and it earns him a lot of money and respect, he's got a hot redheaded fiancee who's ready for a threesome and an admiring protege. Then the son of a client with a concussion tells him off. This leads to a nervous breakdown which turns to an epiphany where he realizes how disingenuous and corrupt the sports agent business is.

The film is noted for its feel good factor, placement way up on the idealistic end on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism and use of many memorable quotes like Tidwell's repeated use of '''[[LargeHam Show Me The Money]]'''.


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!!'''Show Me The Tropes!!''':

* AngryBlackMan: Rod Tidwell.
* BeingGoodSucks: Jerry pays the price for sticking to his beliefs, but he soon realizes GoodFeelsGood.
* BetaCouple: Rod and Marcy.
* BettyAndVeronica: Slightly subverted in that the two don't compete directly for Jerry's affections, but Dorothy (Betty) and Avery (Veronica) fit the character types.
* BigGame: Both played straight and subverted. At the end of the season the Cardinals play the Cowboys in a BigGame on Monday Night Football; however, it's NOT the Super Bowl or even a playoff game, just a regular season game that, should the Cardinals win it, will qualify them for the playoffs.
* BiTheWay: Avery says if Jerry wanted her to she would 'totally' do the two girl thing for him, like she did in college.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jerry and Dorothy's ex co-workers praised Jerry to his face but were probably plotting behind his back.
* BrokenAce: Jerry, at first.
* CallingYourOrgasms: Avery (played by [[MsFanservice Kelly Preston]]), in one scene.
* TheCameo: Loads and loads of them, mostly by famous athletes, coaches, broadcasters, and other sports figures.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Jerry, who's "great at friendship, bad at intimacy".
** As one of his former girlfriends says:
-->'''"He CAN'T say 'I love you'."'''
* CatchPhrase: "Show me the money!"
* CheerfulChild: Ray always manages to make Jerry and/or Dorothy smile.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Cardinals are a perennial loser; the BigGame at the climax of the film is against the Dallas Cowboys, at the time the movie was made a powerhouse coming off of winning three Super Bowl championships in four years.[[note]]Ironically, the Cowboys have never reached the Super Bowl since, while the Cardinals have, albeit only once, and they lost.[[/note]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Dorothy's sister Laurel.
* DescriptionCut: After a brief encounter with Jerry in the airport, Dorothy says to Ray "whoever snagged him must be one classy babe." Cut to Jerry and Avery having wild sex, with the latter very loudly [[CallingYourOrgasms talking dirty]].
* DreadfulMusician: Turns out Rod is a better football player than he is a singer.
** Also, Frank Cushman is shown playing Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Something in the Way" extremely poorly in one scene.
* DrowningMySorrows: Jerry, after he's fired by Bob Sugar.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Jerry and Dorothy both go through such hardships that, when they finally have the happy ending,its impossible not to come out with a grin the size of Texas on your face.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: The Cushmans, a stereotypical Texas family if ever there was one.
* EvilCounterpart: Bob Sugar, to Jerry.
* FanService: For both genders - Tom Cruise, Kelly Preston, and Cuba Gooding Jr. all get naked at one point or another.
* FieryRedhead: Avery Bishop.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: After a drunken Jerry blurts out the f-word in front of Ray
-->'''Ray''': You said 'fuck'.
-->'''Jerry''': I know, I'm--
-->'''Ray''': I won't tell.
* FourthDateMarriage: Seemingly deconstructed at first - Jerry and Dorothy do seem to fall in love and marry awfully quickly, but [[spoiler:it proves to be the bad idea that it is RealLife when their relationship falls apart after they've tied the knot]]. Later played straight when [[spoiler: they reconcile after Jerry's big "you complete me" speech at the end of the movie]].
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Jerry's sex with Avery is seen as being exhausted and unfulfilling, whereas he and Dorothy enjoy themselves.
* HappilyMarried: Rod and Marcy, and later, [[EarnYourHappyEnding Jerry and Dorothy]].
* HeelRealization: Jerry has one after Jesse, the son of one of his clients (a hockey player with a concussion) tells him off.
-->'''Jesse''': ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you!]]''
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Jerry.
* HotAndCold: Marcy.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Dorothy's sister gives Jerry a warning of this sort.
-->'''Laurel:''' [[PrecisionFStrike You fuck this up, I'll kill you]].
-->'''Jerry:''' I'm glad we had this talk.
* IGaveMyWord: Cushman's father; unfortunately he doesn't mean it.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Avery again.
* InsistentTerminology: Call Chad an ''au pair'' or a ''child care technician'' if you like, but ''don't'' call him a babysitter.
** And it's not a memo. It's a ''mission statement''.
* InstantBirthJustAddWater: Marcy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rod comes off as a stereotypical spoiled, self-centered, and greedy JerkJock at first, but he's actually fiercely loyal, upstanding, honest, and deeply devoted to his family.
* JustPlaneWrong: The next time you're flying coach like Dorothy is, see if you can hear anyone talking in first class like Dorothy does.
* KitschyLocalCommercial: At one point Rod walks off the set of an ad he's shooting for a local waterbed outlet because the owner of the store wants him to ride a camel in addition to wearing a turban.
* LargeHam: An Oscar winning piece served up by Cuba Gooding Jr., with Tom Cruise providing a second helping as the title character.
* LittleBlackDress: Dorothy decides to wear one on her first date with Jerry.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You complete me."
* MoralityPet: Ray acts as one towards Jerry at times.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jerry has one of these moments after sending out his mission statement. It's punctuated by a bomb going off in the episode of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' he's watching with a well-timed "boom."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jerry was based on real-life sports superagent Leigh Steinberg.
* PanickyExpectantFather: Rod, at one point.
* ParentalSubstitute: {{Lampshade}}d by Dorothy.
* PopStarComposer: Cameron Crowe's then-wife [[Music/{{Heart}} Nancy Wilson]] did the score and added an original piece to the soundtrack.
* PosthumousCharacter: Jerry's mentor, the late, great Dicky Fox.
* PrecisionFStrike: As noted above, Laurel while giving her IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer speech.
** Tyson, of all people, does this after Rod makes a big play.
-->'''Marcee:''' How about you be the first person in the history of this family not to use that phrase, and then we'll let you live.
* RaceForYourLove: Jerry runs through a (curiously empty) airport to catch a plane so he can try to win Dorothy back at the end of the movie.
* RousingSpeech: A few of them, though mostly played for laughs.
* SassyBlackWoman: Marcy.
* ShirtlessScene: Cuba Gooding Jr., who [[DyeingForYourArt got into extremely good shape for his role]], has a few.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Dorothy, who [[{{Lampshade}} identifies herself as such]] a few times.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Noted for being ''very'' idealistic despite portraying professional sports as a rather sleazy business.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Rod, at first - as the movie goes on however he begins to play up to his opinion of himself.
* SmugSnake: Bob Sugar, Jerry's former protege.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: Jerry has some trouble finding a song to sing along to on the radio.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Chad's gift of old jazz recordings doesn't exactly set the mood for Jerry and Dorothy's first night together; played for laughs.
* TheStoner: Oddly enough, uptight Laurel, shown toking up in her kitchen.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Subverted. After successfully retaining an important client, Jerry tries to find some mood suitable music on the radio to which he can sing along. After going through several stations playing completely unsuitable songs, he finally settles on Music/TomPetty's "Free Fallin'" - which isn't actually all that triumphant.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: While riding the elevator together, Jerry and Dorothy observe a deaf couple signing to each other. When Jerry wonders what they were saying, Dorothy, who knows sign language because her aunt was hearing impaired, tells him that the guy told his girlfriend "you complete me". As there is already a bit of UnresolvedSexualTension between the two of them, much awkwardness ensues.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Shoplifting the pooty."
* VitriolicBestBuds: Rod and Jerry.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Almost word for word:
--> '''Jerry: "What had I become - just another shark in a suit?"'''
* WinningOverTheKids: Jerry actually does this too well; when their marriage is falling apart, Dorothy says that she can't stay with a guy "who loves my son....and he ''really likes'' me."
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