Julia Roberts plays the real-life "Erin Brockovich" a twice-divorced, unemployed mother with 3 kids, just barely scraping the poverty line. Luck just doesn't seem to come her way. In the early part of the film she is in a bad car accident, she files a lawsuit against the doctor driving the car & finally loses. Erin decides that she is not going to let this phase her, she has enough determination & will-power to move on & turn her accident into a positive. She literally moves into the offices of Ed Masry (Albert Finney), the lawyer who was unsuccessful with her case & seeks a compensation claim. Erin's belief is that if he lost her case, then the least he can do is give her a job.
Albert Finney delivers a fine performance as Ed Masry an attorney who can't help but fall for the charms of Roberts & gives her the job. Does he really have a choice?
While working for the law firm Julia stumbles onto an interesting case involving the "Pacific Gas & Electric Plant". Nearby residents to the plant believe that the water is unsafe to drink as it has been contaminated by the illegal dumping of toxic waste. Erin discovers that many of the citizens, including children have become ill & begins to believe that their case is one that needs to be fought.
This leads Erin to one of the biggest class action law suits in American history. "Erin Brockovich" is based on a true story & director Steven Soderbergh brings the story to life & it certainly packs a punch. It is both emotional & touching as one woman goes on her quest to find the truth.
Aaron Eckert is good in support, as Erin's kind-hearted bikie neighbour George, who looks after her kids while she is at work.
As "Erin Brockovich" Julia Roberts has possibly portrayed her finest onscreen performance, definately a contender for the Best Actress Oscar in March 2001. Although her character at times might dress provocatively & have a dirty mouth, she is still an extremely likeable personality with a strong sense of underlying decency.
At the time of writing this review Julia Roberts has already won the Golden Globe for Best Actress. "Erin Brockovich" has also been nominated for at least 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Best Director. It is sure to win at least one. My odds are on Julia.
Julia Roberts earned a Best Actress Oscar playing the feisty, trashily clothed single mother of three who takes a job as her lawyer's secretary and finds herself investigating a utility company polluting the water of a small California town. Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart and Marg Helgenberger also star in this powerful true story from director Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"). 132 min. Erin Brockovich (2000)/Primary Colors (DVD 2-Pack) [DVD]
(1998) DVD Erin Brockovich (Spanish Subtitled Version)
In English with Spanish subtitles. Erin Brockovich [DVD]
Julia Roberts earned a Best Actress Oscar playing the feisty, trashily clothed single mother of three who takes a job as her lawyer's secretary and finds herself investigating a utility company polluting the water of a small California town. Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart and Marg Helgenberger also star in this acclaimed effort by Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight"). 132 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; deleted scenes; production notes; biographies; "making of" featurette; DVD-ROM features; documentary on the real-life Erin Brockovich; theatrical trailer; scene access.