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BEST LINES EVER! “Show me the money. Oh-ho-ho! SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY!” – Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) in Jerry Maguire, 1996 By Richard Crouse

fhd996JMG_Cuba_Gooding_Jr__003Cameron Crowe, writer and director of Jerry Maguire was surprised when people started quoting the “Show me the money” line from his movie.

“The line I thought might resonate was not ‘Show me the money,’” Crowe told Premier. “It was Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) talking about ‘the Kwan’—his own personal coinage for the combination of love, respect, and money. I like to think that Tidwell had been jealous of Dennis Rodman’s blend of pseudo-French trash-talk ‘inspirato.’ He wanted his own language, too, so ‘the Kwan’ was born. But once we began to show the movie, audiences were pleasant, at best, during Rod’s ‘Kwan’ speeches. It was the phrase that Cuba Gooding Jr., as Tidwell, forces the beaten-down Tom Cruise to scream that whipped them into a frenzy, ‘Show! Me! The! Money!’

“The line showed up in everything from a Bill Clinton speech to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Who knows exactly why? I suspect the high-octane chemistry between Gooding and Cruise ignited the words.

“The actual phrase was a mini-tribute to two people. One was Tim McDonald, the 49er defensive back, whom I’d interviewed during a negotiation period. ‘I work hard, I’ve served five years of my contract,’ he said to me. ‘Where’s the money? Where is the money?’ I’ve always remembered the confusion and desperation and need to support his family—all screwed up on his face as he waited for offers.

“Later, when writing, I turned McDonald’s yearning for financial self-worth into a war cry, with a little bit of my friend, producer, and coinage-king Art Linson thrown in for good luck. The ‘Show me the money’ sequence was a pure joy to direct. But I’ve always held a soft spot for the unnoticed concept of ‘Kwan.’ Some time later, during an Olympic performance by ice-skater Michelle Kwan, a friend called and told me to turn on the television. In the middle of a huge crowd, a lonely fan held up a sign reading ‘Show me the Kwan.’ Thank you for that.”

There was more to Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s performance than the catchphrase, of course—he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1997—but that line seemed to turn up everywhere in the late nineties, and in 2005 was voted number 25 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Movie Quotes: America’s Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases list.


daddy_day_camp01Daddy Day Camp is the sort-of sequel to Daddy Day Care, a 2003 hit starring Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin as two stay-at-home fathers who open a day care in their house. This time out the expensive talent has been replaced by second stringers Cuba Gooding Jr. and generic heavy-set guy Paul Rae as the two dads who try and expand their business to include a run-down day camp where they want to teach kids the importance of co-operation and sportsmanship, among other things.

I’m not going to review this movie, but instead give you a list of things that are more enjoyable than sitting through Daddy Day Camp.

Here we go:

1.    Cutting an apple in half and watching it turn brown.
2.    Watching colonoscopy videos.
3.    Poking sharp sticks in your eyes.
4.    Eating bugs.
5.    Latrine duty.

In closing I’ll add that the best thing that can be said about Daddy Day Camp is: At least it ain’t Rush Hour 3.