Release Date: March 17, 2000
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart
Runtime: 131 min
Tagline: She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is an unemployed single mother, who has hit a bad streak of unemployment. She gets in a car accident, and attempts to sue but after that ultimately fails – she tried to get work from her public defender, Ed Masry (Albert Finney). With a lot of persistence and determination, she lands a job as a legal aid. Her wardrobe and attitude are constantly frowned upon, so she would like to prove herself. Along with her determination, she starts an investigation of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which may just be a health hazard for a small town near to her.
Erin Brockovich is actually a pretty sweet and inspirational true story, with an incredible titular performance from Julia Roberts. Most of the characters were great and the story was pretty good.
The story was inspirational because of her [Erin’s] care for the citizens, and her passion for the law case she got herself involved with. It was also a little sad because she worked so much, and she didn’t have a lot of time for her children. The only characters I really only liked was Erin because of her charisma (but I didn’t like that she didn’t spend enough time with her children), and Ed Masry because he had a nice fair share of charisma. The other ones I didn’t care for dearly, mostly because I can’t remember all of them. Erin’s job did definitely affect her outside life, which made some scenes fairly poignant.
At times the story wasn’t overly interesting and it drag in some areas. If the film was just pure drama, it wouldn’t have been very great. There’s a lot of style and great humour offered, that makes it the most enjoyable. The humour is never hit-and-miss, it’s really all a great hit – and a lot of the jokes are quite memorable.
Erin Brockovich offers solid humour, a bit of poignancy, a great performance, and some dragged–out scenes and a sometimes-not-totally-interesting story. It’s really a film that can make one get on the verge of tears at some scene, and then have their face hurt from laughter in another.