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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ERIN BROCKOVICH IS SASSY AND BRASSY...
This is a very entertaining, well directed movie with an excellent performance by Albert Finney and a notable one by Julia Roberts, who plays the title role of Erin Brockovich. The rest of the cast, likewise, give excellent performances.
The story is a compelling one. A down and out single mother of three young children, Erin Brockovich, gets into an auto accident...
Published on 1 Dec 2002 by Lawyeraau

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good True Story
Unfortunately the disc kept sticking halfway through the film so I ended up selling it cheap at a car boot. Love the storyline and the acting so will probably buy it again some other time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ERIN BROCKOVICH IS SASSY AND BRASSY..., 1 Dec 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This is a very entertaining, well directed movie with an excellent performance by Albert Finney and a notable one by Julia Roberts, who plays the title role of Erin Brockovich. The rest of the cast, likewise, give excellent performances.
The story is a compelling one. A down and out single mother of three young children, Erin Brockovich, gets into an auto accident. Her personal injury suit goes down the tubes, when she alienates the jury with her checkered past and salty language. Angry and desperate, she bullies her lawyer, Ed Masry, disarmingly played by Albert Finney, into hiring her, after he loses her personal injury case. He does so, to the consternation of his other employees. You see, Erin marches to the beat of a different drummer. She dresses like a tramp and talks like a longshoreman.
Which only goes to show you that one should never judge a book by its cover. Beneath the vulgar exterior, lies a steel trap mind, which Erin put to good use when she goes through a pro bono real estate case, only to discover that there is more to the real estate transaction than meets the eye, a whole lot more. Intrigued by the fact that extensive medical records are included in the real estate transaction paperwork and wondering why that should be, Erin lets her natural curiosity and interest in people prevail. She goes about and investigates the matter.
What she ultimately discovers is that toxic waste is very clearly affecting the quality of life of the inhabitants of the town of Hinckley, California. It appears that the utilities giant Pacific Gas and Electric has been letting highly toxic chromium seep into the ground, affecting the water which the inhabitants of the town use. The utilities giant has compounded the problem by telling the townspeople that they should not worry about a little chromium, despite the high incidence of cancer and other illnesses that abound in Hinckley.
Erin, outraged on behalf of the townspeople, discovers through her research and investigation that Pacific Gas and Electric knew about the toxicity of chromium, but continued with business as usual and set about deceiving the unsuspecting townspeople to their ultimate detriment. Eager to right a serious wrong, Erin persuades her employer, small time lawyer Ed Masry, to take on this big time case. This ultimately leads to one of the largest monetary class action settlements in history.
This is a true life David and Goliath story. Julia Roberts gives a sassy and brassy performance. Albert Finney does his part justice, as the beleagured small practitioner who decides to do the right thing, even though it could end to his financial detriment. His low key performance is a perfect foil to that of Julia Roberts'. It makes for a film well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic and star reviving picture, 17 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
After losing a court trial Erin Brockovich (Roberts) forcefully secures a post at a law firm in the hope of raising money for her child and doing something substantial in her life.

When the credits rolled and text appeared declared what happened next I had up to this point forgotten this in fact is a true story, which when looking back is a remarkable story.

Opening with the Pretty Woman actress conversing with a stereotypical boss type at an interview her presence is felt strongly and we know we are in for a strong drama.

As if to compact the genre into full flow we have a shocking car crash which ultimately leads to an unhappy Erin and the introduction of the law firm is set in motion with a staggering no holds barred meeting.

The plot continues to move forward with its main star, coasting through some powerful real life motions such as being a single parent, struggling with finance and having difficulty getting work. The realism it portrays is strong and can be associated with any viewer and the fact that this is based on a woman's personal experience may have people shedding a tear or two, which is helped along by a bravado Julia Roberts.

The actress at present in 2000 was in a run of a conventional romantic roles. My best friend's wedding, Notting Hill and Runaway bride had all appeared on the star's CV in recent years and here she branches out into a harder dramatic role that enables us viewers to truly see her full potential, which in turn was noticed by Hollywood who won her an Academy Award for her portrayal. I confess to never being high on her fan list but here we do see charisma and a no holds barred approach to truth telling and appetite for enthusiasm. One scene near the end where she is sitting with her boss and two lawyers is brilliant when she challenges her rival to name people and numbers, moment of the film.

The supporting collection of actors lend subtle support to the main star. Aaron Eckhart is brilliant if underused as George the biker whilst Albert Finney is a revelation as a man who knows too much.

Steven Soderbergh, beaten at the Oscars by his other work in Traffic, supplies the necessary dramatic styling of a plot not too high up on action and containing enough dramatic controversy and suspense to see us through. The scenes in the record offices are a bit stretched whilst seeing George with the kid is a bit of an overstep. However he more than makes up with it in the slightly humorous town's meeting and office sessions.

This film, though smart in its casting and directing has a certain lackadaisical approach to story telling. Though based obviously on a true story there is a lack of pacing a stretching of scenes, a feeling of repetitiveness that you can never shake off. Whilst the ending intends to be a feel good motive you don't ultimately feel rewarded at the arrival and to the point in which it got their.

And yet this is a good picture. A good film that is worth seeing if not too often.

7/10
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying film, 30 Nov 2004
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Miland Joshi (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Erin Brockovich is a tale of a woman struggling with circumstances difficult enough to make the viewer wonder how she might get out of them, and it is good to see how she manages (with the help of othet people) to deal with the obstacles and enable truth and justice to prevail as well. The fact that this is a true story about a real human, not a saint, makes it all the more satisfying. The DVD contains an interesting short featurette with the real Erin Brockovich and the lawyer she worked with.
Highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia shines as Erin, 17 Mar 2004
This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is an amazing story about an amazing woman.
Julia Roberts really proves she's one of the best actresses around in this film, displaying real, pure talent - Albert Finney also puts in a memorable performance and together they totally bust PG&E!
To be honest, i wouldn't usually pick this kind of a film ... true stories tend to be over the top and sentimental ... but Erin Brockovich is gritty, realistic drama. In short, it's fantastic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erin Brocovich is as good as it gets!, 3 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
A movie which features a feisty single mother who takes on the big guns and exposes corruption, lies and deceit may seem like typical Channel 5 movie of the week fodder. The title alone and the "based on a true story" link may add weight to your expectations. But, prepare to be blown away, surprised and entertained in a way that will leave you talking about the film for days....
Julia Roberts plays the title role. Erin is a single mother who is down on her luck. Faced with the prospect that she is unemployable and viewed purely as a stereotype as opposed to a person, she talks her way into a job in a small legal firm, following a car accident. Her new boss Ed (Albert Finney) is impressed by Erin's determination and enthusiasm to better herself although her other colleagues take her at face value and see her clothes and persona as threatening and lowering the tone of the office. Ever determined and stubborn, Erin lifts her job as an Office Clerk to great new heights- as she stumbles across chilling evidence about water contamination and sets out to fight for the community and for herself. As more horrifying details are unearthed Erin finds the balance between home and work become blurred and she pours all of her energies into fighting for a community while her estranged boyfriend George (Aaron Eckhart) holds the fort at home. This sparkling gem of a movie is everything that the similarly themed 'A Civil Action' is not. The cast is universally excellent with Roberts delivering the performance of her career. Instead of turning Erin into 'Nancy Drew' which she could have so easily done, Julie Roberts gives her the gift of realism in a fully rounded performance which manages to break your heart, make you laugh and cheer at Erin's sheer defiance of authority figures. Albert Finney provides a good foil as Ed and the chemistry between him and Roberts suggests that the two clearly had a ball making the film. Aaron Eckart's role as George is slightly underwritten but always sympathetic.
The film belongs to Roberts. She finally delivers a performance that not only silences the critics but one which finally establishes her as an actress worth her weight in gold: 20 million dollars!
If, after seeing American Beauty, you long to see a film that will delve into every emotion and take you somewhere that most Hollywood movies dare to venture, then buy Erin Brockovich. It will be the most worthwhile 2 hours you spend watching a DVD/video this year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the first time in my life, I got people respecting me. Please, don't ask me to give it up., 10 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
For the first time in my life, I got people respecting me. Please, don't ask me to give it up.

It is a film you have to stick with as the opening scenes are abit unrealistic as it focuses on Julia Roberts and she looks far too glamorous to be a single mother on the dole with three kids.

It picks up when she talks her way into a job in the lawyers office. He humours her and gives her a pron bono case. She then starts researching . The story then gets more serous as she finds out about the toxic waste.

She faces prejudice because she is not educated and does not dress the part.The underdog triumphs despite the odds.

Then the film starts to motor and she is worried that they are going to take the job away from her even though she has done all the ground work. She humiliates the uptight lady lawyer who through her attitude and lack of affinity with the plaintiffs starts to lose their support.

She was able to keep it and her hands it leads to the ultimate triumph.

I knew from reports that she had won but it was still an exciting film to see how she overcomes the odds so that we get a great outcome.

You can see how the no win- no fee system works and those that oppose it should be forced to watch this film.

Opponents say that the lawyers only do it for the money and they they make 40 % but until the lawyers come along the plaintiffs have got 100% of nothing. Who pays in the end, no doubt the insurers of the wrong doers.

The Americans know one thing and that is how to tell a good legal story. the only thing that was missing was the court room show down but we didn't have it in this film but it was equalling as enthralling as the case built and overcame the odds.

It is up there with the great US films about lawyers and trials such as To Kill a Mockingbird ,My cousin Vinny and Inherit the wind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Robers fits in Erin's role as if she were the real life Erin, 19 Dec 2007
This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Why can't we get more films like this, a strong story, based on actual events, excellent performances and dialogue which sounds like it is based on how real people talk to each other?

I don't know how accurate this particular story about corporate deceit and environmental pollution is but, given the track record of big corporations, it should be a rich vein for film makers to mine. 'Erin Brockovich' is very good, a shocking story of land pollution and resultant death and disease in a community. A story, however, which would not have been told were it not for the efforts of one woman to get behind the obfuscation and at the truth. It's a juicy role and Julia Roberts grabs it for all she is worth, she is superb, full of anger and determination to use the opportunity to make something of her life. This is the strength of her performance, she convinces in showing us a woman in challenging circumstances, on her own with no job and kids to feed who is actually a bold and intelligent woman rather than a victim. There is a real hunger about how she works her socks off to put the case together while trying to balance her other responsibilities.

There are good performances all round and some of the dialogue really crackles, seeing some corporate lawyers put in their place is particularly satisfying. A film well worth seeing and one that is more subtle than it might at first appear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See Film!, 20 Mar 2002
A truly fantastic Film. Robert's is a loveable strong willed character, who is very entertaining to watch. She has some of the best lines in the film. This film really makes you think about things, and how if you try you can achieve so much, for so many people. It it both tear jerking and thought provoking! A must-see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life, 20 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is used in the classroom to show
1.how one person with determination can get things done
2. that a pretty women can also be intelligent
3. that some industries are destroying parts of the planet and they don't care as long as they don't get caught.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth seeing superb true story very well represented, 23 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
The film was interesting from start to finish. I found it very stimulating. The DVD gives you an interview with Erin which gives more insight into the story.
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