Help assemble the world's largest collection of "Jerry Maguire" tapes
Thrift stores are fascinating places. Mainly because they're our dumping grounds for pop- culture detritus, of-their-time must-haves that ultimately proved completely disposable. Peruse enough Brown Elephant, Goodwill and Salvation Army stores, and you're bound to pick up on patterns: shelves of unwanted copies of The Celestine Prophecy. Crates of Don't Say No, Billy Squier's 1981 album featuring "The Stroke." And, when it comes to VHS thrift-store cinema, there's arguably no more ubiquitous film than Jerry Maguire. The 1996 Tom Cruise–Renée Zellweger–Cuba Gooding Jr. romcom—equal parts quote-o-rama (take your pick) and sap fest (the mere presence of creepy-cute Jonathan Lipnicki)—grabbed America by the heart and would not not let go. (Remember when you thought no one would ever stop saying "Show me the money!"?)
Then seemingly, like a bunch of amnesiacs, these people woke up and couldn't remember why they liked Jerry Maguire to the extent that they needed to own the video. Or maybe they all just donated their VHS copies and bought the DVD. In any case, local found-footage video blog Everything Is Terrible! is honoring this inescapable secondhand phenomenon by stockpiling copies of Jerry Maguire. "Our goal is to have the largest private collection of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes in the history of mankind and we need your help," read a recent post on the site. "Don't let another orphaned Jerry sit forgotten in a cold, dark bargain bin." Copies can be sent to the following address:
Everything is Terrible!
P.O. Box 47924
Chicago, IL 60647 USA