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Renee Zellweger channels Jerry Maguire

At first the lead characters in ''A Price Above Rubies'' and ''Jerry Maguire'' don?t seem so similar, but we take a closer look

On the surface, Renée Zellweger’s A Price Above Rubies — about a woman rebelling against her Hasidic heritage — looks nothing like Jerry Maguire, the film that made her famous. But take away Rubies’ black hats, long beards, and payess, and Zellweger’s Orthodox Jewish heroine, Sonia, is eerily similar to Tom Cruise’s troubled leading man.

Jerry Maguire

Character
A wheeler-dealer of jocks

Predicament
Booted out of sports-management firm

Marries
For the wrong reasons

Dotes excessively on
Little boy named Ray

Reluctant protege
Sculpted wide receiver, Rod

Dumps
Fiancée, with whom he had raw, passionate sex

Has a motto
”Show me the money!”

Happy ending
Realizes he misses estranged wife, Dorothy

Sonia Horowitz

Character
A wheeler-dealer of gems

Predicament
Booted out of Hasidic community

Marries
For the wrong reasons

Dotes excessively on
Little boy named Yossi

Reluctant protege
Latino sculptor, Ramon

Dumps
Brother-in-law, with whom she had raw, passionless sex

Has a motto
Oy gevalt!”

Happy ending
Realizes she doesn’t miss estranged husband, Mendel