Show me the money!
I know I'm guilty of not seeing a lot of the movies that critics and other elitists are lauding as the "best movies of 1996", such as "The English Patient" (plan to see), "The People Vs. Larry Flynt" (plan to see), and others.
But of the movies I've seen in 1996, "Jerry Maguire" is my pick for the best of the year. (And,I did see "Fargo", so step off). This movie was funny, complex, endearing, and inspiring.
Personally, I'm not a big Tom Cruise fan. But everything, including Cruise, was perfect in this film. The writing was tight and fun, the characters were complex and motivated, and Cameron Crowe's direction was flawless. The cast - Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jonathan Lipnicki, and the drool-inducing (at least for me) Renee Zellweger - are all outstanding.
I urge you if you're staying away from this movie to bite the bullet and check it out.