Jerry Maguire: Rom-com or Tragedy?
Speaking of periods (referring to a previous post), I was bedridden over the weekend because cramps. While fixed in the fetal position, I decided to be stereotypical and completely beside myself by partaking in all the chocolate and rom coms. One movie in the queue I’ve never seen before was “Jerry Maguire”. I’ll pause for a moment so you can get your moans, groans and “OMG you’ve never seen Jerry Maguire before?!” out of your system. Is you finished or is you done? Okay great! I was under the impression that this film was a textbook romantic comedy and I was completely mistaken. With my hormones out of whack and my better judgement soaking in my tampon, I watched. Overall, I thought the movie was pretty good; a tragic, fun watch but the only real romance that graced my screen was Cuba Gooding’s Rod Tidwell and Regina Hall’s Marcee Tidwell. Okay maybe there was a slight bromance between Rod and Jerry but I’m almost certain that’s not the reason “Jerry Maguire” was hailed a romantic comedy. I know the “romance” portion of the film is centered around the blossoming love between Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) and Jerry but their love was so fucking cringy. Here’s why:
1. Dorothy is completely starstuck, like she was giving me desperate vibes, for the big shot Jerry; that right there just smelled like a disaster. Oh, did I mention Jerry was betrothed to another? Why must Dorothy gush over someone that’s spoken for and frankly out of her league. I mean, buddy fucks models and she’s a homely, single mother working in accounting.
2. As I said in my previous point, Dorothy KNEW Jerry was engaged. Once his engaged fizzled, she was the rebound and embraced her role with a coke and a smile. They went on a “date” and slept together, no big deal. But the following morning whilst kiking with her sister, Laurel, Dorothy proclaimed her love for Jerry but based on what? His peen? His potential?
3. Speaking of potential, I believe that exactly why Dorothy fell for Jerry. She loved the man he COULD be and not the man that he IS. Listen, I too have fallen for a mf’s potential. Like “yeah he’s an asshole, cold and distant but deep down I know he’s a good man”. Bitch what are you saying?! Homegirl has a whole little human to take care of but up and left her insurance having job because she liked the words Jerry wrote. She.fell.in.love.with.his.words.
4. Toward the close of the movie, Jerry admitted that he married Dorothy simply because she was loyal. Not love, not even because he really liked her but loyalty. Dorothy was loyal to a fault. Jerry spent the entire movie leaning on Dorothy, draining her life source. Rather than take the support she so willingly gave, Jerry used her to make himself feel better, validating his self-worth and confidence. To me, he was a leech; a parasite.
5. Their mutual need for each other is extremely unhealthy. Jerry is one of those men that don’t know how to be by themselves, jumping from relationship to relationship. Dorothy knew what it was when they first hooked up but chose to jump into the deep end anyway hoping that one day Jerry would love her and she will finally have a father for her son.
As I stated earlier in my rant, the movie was well-done and Cuba deserved the Oscar he received but this ain’t nobody’s romantic comedy.