“You Had Me At What The Heck?” – Jerry Maguire Video Store Opens in LA
Last week, WCYY looked into just how many video rental stores are left here in Maine. While the industry might not be flourishing here, there are a few examples across the country of video stores that are alive and thriving... well, sort of.
According to laist.com, Los Angeles Art Collective Everything Is Terrible! has opened an art exhibit at the iam8bit Gallery in the Echo Park neighborhood that recreates a 1990's video store, but only carrying copies of the 90's hit starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Reneé Zellweger. The store is said to contain around 14,000 copies of the film on VHS.
Anyone hoping to take home a copy will be disappointed, however: none of the copies are for sale, rent, or anything of the sort. The reason for this, Everything is Terrible! states, is that they need the copies to fund their end goal of creating what they call the Jerry Maguire Pyramid. Yes, you read that right - a giant pyramid, that they hope to build out of even more VHS copies of the film as a permanent fixture somewhere in the desert.
Where on Earth did Everything Is Terrible! find 14,000 VHS copies of Jerry Maguire? How long has this been in the pipeline? Whatever the reasons, they should at least accompany the pyramid with a sphinx made entirely of copies of Disney's The Aristocats.