Art of Questioning — A Few Good Men

Capt. Ross:
I have here the Marine Corps Outline for Recruit Training. I’d like you to turn to the chapter on “code reds”.

Cpl. Barnes:
Well, you see, sir, “code red” is a term we use, just down in Gitmo…

Capt. Ross:
Oh, then, we’re in luck. Marching Orders/Standard Operating Procedure, Rifle Security Company, Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. I’m sure we’ll find it in there.

Cpl. Barnes:
You won’t find it in there, either, sir.

Capt. Ross:
Cpl. Barnes, I’m a Marine. You mean to tell me there’s no manual, no set of instructions that tells me, as a Marine, one of my duties is to perform “code reds?”

Cpl. Barnes:
No, sir. No book, sir.

Capt. Ross:
No further questions.

Kaffee:
Cpl. Barnes, turn to the page in this book that tells me how to get to the mess hall.

Cpl. Barnes:
Lt. Kaffee, that’s not in the book, sir.

Kaffee:
You mean the whole time you’ve been at Gitmo, you’ve never had a meal?

Cpl. Barnes:
No, sir. Three squares a day, sir.

Kaffee:
Then how did you find the mess hall if it wasn’t in this book?

Cpl. Barnes:
Well, sir, like everybody else, I just followed the crowd at chow time, sir.

Kaffee:
No more questions.

“Who’s Coming With Me?” — Jerry Maguire

Some movies are like that. They never get old. Never become obsolete. Most importantly, they never stop inspiring the viewers about the bright side of dark moments. Jerry Maguire, the 1996 sports film written , produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, staring legendary actors Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renée Zellweger is a finest example of ageless movies. The movie is packed with emotional struggle of a sports agent who risks everything in his career as a consequence of listening to his inner whispering. One such moment is when gets fired from Sports Management International (SMI), the multi-million firm that focuses on athletes’ career building and management.

Jerry Maguire
written by Cameron Crowe

Jerry: Don’t worry… (laughs) don’t worry. I’m not gonna do… what you all think I’m gonna do, which is just FLIP OUT!! (he throws his arms in the air and shakes, sending papers flying) But let me just say, as I ease out of the office, that I helped build… I’m sorry, but it is a FACT… that there is such a thing… as manners. A way of treating people. (a pause, he nods, looks around, sees the fish tank) These fish have manners. These fish have manners. In fact, they’re coming with me. I’m starting a new company, and the fish are coming with me. You can (chuckle) call me sentimental, but the fish are coming with me.

(he takes a long beat scooping two goldfish into a plastic baggie)
Now. If you come with me, this will be the moment of something new, and fun, and inspiring in this GOD FORSAKEN business. And we will do it together. So… who’s coming with me? who’s coming with me and (he points at the baggie, thinks) flipper, here? Huh? (he makes little finger gestures) Who’s coming with me? WHO’S COMING WITH ME? (A beat, everyone in the office stares in silence) This is embarrassing. (a slight pause) Wendy, shall we?

Wendy (Nada Despotovich): Aw, Jer, I’m one month from that pay increase…I…
Jerry: Okay… okay.
(He is angry and downtrodden; he begins to leave.)
Dorothy (Renee Zellweger): I’ll go with you!
Jerry: (points dramatically) Dorothy, thank you!
Dorothy: (mouthing the words, clearly worried) Now?
(Jerry nods)
(She gathers all of her stuff very quickly)
Jerry (once they are ready to leave): We will see you all again…sleep tight!