A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. Written by
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Erin receives a cashier's check from her boss that has no date on it. See more »
Isn't it funny how some people go out of their way to help others, when others just fire them?
Look, I'm sorry but you were gone for a week. I assumed you were off having fun.
Oh, and why the hell would you assume that?
I don't know. You look like someone who likes to have fun.
Oh, so by that standard I should assume that you never get laid.
[after a pause]
Look. What is this all about?
Do you want to know? Then you'll have to hire me back. I've got a ton of bills to pay.
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PG&E claims they no longer use hexavalent chromium in any of their compressor plants and that all of their holding ponds are lined to prevent groundwater contamination. See more »
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a struggling unemployed single mother of three. She can't even win a petty lawsuit against a doctor for a car accident. So she browbeats her lawyer Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to give her a job.
When she starts poking into a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. It turns into much more of a case of toxic waste dumping and one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history.
Julia Roberts delivers a big performance in a traditional under-dog movie. This is definitely well-made by master director Steven Soderbergh. Nothing is left on the table, and it helps to have great actors all around like the great Albert Finney.
The only small problem I had. There is a holier than thou attitude that Erin Brockovich hasn't earned yet in the movie. After all she brings frivolous lawsuits, she needs to show more of her struggles. I think there was a story where she had to steal medicine for her kids. That would be a great insight into her struggles to start the movie with. That would buy credit for all the stuff that follows.
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