Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Tom Cruise‘s best performance (not including the tabloids or his many lawsuits) is this excellent comedy-drama by the charismatic Cameron Crowe. He plays a hotshot sports agent who one day has an epiphany that instructs him to live a smaller, more honest life, to be truer to his profession by not being so obsessed with its financial gains and instead concentrate on a richer moral existence. His ideas, which take the form of a controversial manifesto, get him fired, and soon he finds himself working out of his home with only one client (an excellent Cuba Gooding Jr.) and an assistant (Renee Zellweger) with a complicated personal life of her own. Watching these characters interact using Crowe’s brilliant dialogue is always enjoyable, while watching Cruise go through the world’s most difficult humiliations is difficult but rewarding; his ability as an actor to completely rip himself open and let his emotions show so plainly on film makes the experience as memorable as it is.
Screenplay by Cameron Crowe.
Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.
Music by Danny Bramson.
Production Design by Stephen J. Lineweaver.
Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.