10 Viciously Backlashed Movies We Still Like (and Why)

Jerry Maguire

“You complete me.” “You had me at hello.” “Show me the money.” None of us ever need to hear any of these phrases again, and their cultural ubiquity is a huge part of why Cameron Crowe’s 1996 romantic comedy has fallen so far out of public favor. But let’s be fair: it’s not the movie’s fault that they got so overworked (Crowe wasn’t the one making “Secret Garden” remixes with dialogue drops. Was he?). The happily-ever-after ending — and attached catch phrases — make it easy to forget that Crowe’s screenplay created an admirably complicated romantic entanglement, and dealt with it in a markedly less-than-sunny manner that echoes the influence of Crowe’s favorite filmmaker, Billy Wilder. And let’s also remember that the Cruise/Zellweger dynamic was but one element of Crowe’s rich mediation on sports, commitment, parenthood, friendship, and media.