Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a single mother of three and has no job. She has recently figured in a car accident, has injured herself and sues the doctor that has hit her car. She and her lawyer, Ed Masry (Albert Finney), lose the case basically because of her uncontrollable behavior in the courtroom. She blames Ed for their loss. One day, she appears in his law office demanding that he gives her a job. Because of pity, Ed takes her in. She then gets hold of files about a real estate case involving the residents of Hinkley, California and the Pacific and Electric Company. Erin is not in the law profession, but she gets too involved in case. She even goes to the residents to interview them. Will her being a non-lawyer be helpful or detrimental to the case? How will Ed handle her meddling in the case?
Julia Roberts gets an academy award in portraying Erin Brockovich. And rightly so! In this film, I see her not as Julia the actress, but as a determined and persevering Erin who is up for any kind of challenge. Many of those around her stare at her revealing style of dressing as if judging her character because of her choice of fashion. She believes she has the right to choose sexy outfits and she uses them to her advantage when necessary. I find it funny when she and Ed argues on something and she makes sure she wins. She can laugh and she can be serious, too. Erin is a good representation of woman power. Cheers to all the women in the world!
This is actually a true story. Like in most, if not all, true story films, the writer and director add or subtract scenes and information for the sake of art and entertainment value and because of the time constraint of two hours on the average. This story, however, is presented in such a way that everything is believable from the characters to the dialogues to the places. It is my goal to visit Hinkley one day so I can trace the exact locations and imagine the significant events in the story. I also like to meet the bartender who serves drinks to Erin on a very important night of her life. I think it is also interesting to check out if I will be able to smell the chemicals in the forbidden areas of the place. I have nothing to worry about the consequences of dealing with harmful chemicals anyway. I’m a ghost, remember?