Miller is confused by this, as he has no idea what a mojo might be.
A mojo is another name for an early fax machine, and Torres seems quite impressed with the technology. So much so, that he brags: “It’s a very modern machine that transmits pages over the telephone. It only takes 18 minutes a page!”
Considering the speed at which data can be transmitted now, this particular line illustrates how far we’ve come—and offers a big laugh to boot.
Ito yells at McFly over a video communication to “Read my fax!” Suddenly, all around the room, fax machines begin to spit out the same message on a single sheet of paper that say “You’re Fired!!!”
This is particularly amusing now, as the filmmaker’s vision of the far flung future of 2015 included, of all things, fax machines.
He decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent, along with a single athlete who stays with him (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his former secretary (Renée Zellweger).
Faxing is an integral element to the film’s plot, as contracts and commitments were the traditional method of communication in the sports industry in the ‘90s. This is no more apparent than in a dramatic scene where Cruise, Zellweger, Gooding Jr. and his character’s wife are waiting for a contract offer—a life-changing moment for all four of them.
When the fax arrives with a disappointing offer, the whole group is stunned. And yet it is this fax message that galvanizes them, deepens their bonds, and inspires Gooding Jr. to become a free agent—a risky move that pays off with big rewards.
Jerry Maguire may be famous for lines such as “Show me the money!” “You complete me,” and “You had me at hello,” but let’s not forget the importance of the stalwart fax machine to this wonderful story.
Later, however, the fax machine is a boon to Hoggett, who doesn’t have time to mail in an application for his pig to enter the Sheep Dog Trials, and instead uses a fax machine to beat the deadline.
For Babe and Hoggett, the “modern” fax machine saves the day.
Blackbriar allows CIA’s black ops to sidestep Washington’s red tape and make deadly, morally wrong mission decisions.
While in Vosen’s office, Bourne breaks into a high-security safe with a top secret folder. The folder’s contents not only prove Blackbriar’s existence, it also sheds light on their darkest secrets. Bourne evades capture from Vosen’s team and manages to get the classified files to CIA Deputy Director Pamela Landy. Before Vosen can stop her from revealing the truth, Landy faxes all the documents to the appropriate officials, causing Vosen to be arrested and Operation Blackbriar to finally be exposed.
This proves that even in the high-tech world of global espionage, a simple fax machine can bring down a powerful government operation.
When his friends are fired, they all conspire to plant a virus that will embezzle money from their company and send it to their own account.
And yet, the scene that has transcended the film is when Peter and his two co-workers decide to finally have revenge on the machine that has given them so much misery—a machine that represents all of their frustrations.
But is it a fax machine? A printer? A fax-printer combo? The internet is filled with debates on this very subject. However, there is one thing that can’t be denied—the lasting impact of this hilarious scene on film history.
In the segment, David is trying to get facts on a competitor called “Prince Paper.” When David asks Michael for help, the conversation ends like this:
David: There is a small company there, Prince Paper. I can’t get a report on it because it’s not a public company. But we have been talking about going after their market, so I was hoping you could do some fact-finding for me.
David: I’ll fax over some of the things we’re looking for.
Michael: Fax? Why don’t you just send it over on a dinosaur?
David: Look, this is important, Michael.
Michael: Oh, well then, email it to me.
So, here’s to the good ‘ol fax machine. We may have a chuckle or two at its expense, but over the years, it has proven to be a movie and TV star in its own right.