You had me at “25-page mission statement.” As you surely remember from “Jerry Maguire,” the eponymous sports agent famously played by Tom Cruise makes his guilt-ridden crisis of conscience official by distributing a memo titled “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of His Business” to his more callous co-workers. He then bails, taking Renee Zellweger and some fish with him. Now that the winsome dramedy is approaching its 20th anniversary, which officially takes place this December, writer/director Cameron Crowe has taken the liberty of releasing said memo online. All I wanna know is, who’s reading with me?
“It’s 1 AM and this might be the bad pizza I had earlier talking,” begins the manifesto, “but I believe I have something to say.” Boy, does he — Maguire (the entire thing is written from his perspective) goes hard on his disenchantment with his profession, often veering off on unrelated (but highly eloquent) tangents about his family history and that of the industry while interspersing random acts throughout.
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Cruise and Crowe later collaborated on the underrated “Vanilla Sky,” a melancholic dreamscape that signaled the beginning of the filmmaker’s less well-received output after the huge consecutive successes of “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”
For more from Crowe, watch the trailer for “Aloha”: