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Erin Brockovich [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Part of what was humorous about this film was Erin herself. She dresses very provocatively and thinks nothing of using foul language in the office. Most people would be fired in a minute if they acted this way, but somehow, Erin gets away with it. Her boss and co-workers often don't know what to make of her. On top of that, the audience loves her. You can see that underneath the tough exterior is a good, kind person who truly cares about the people she's trying to help.
She starts doing some research on her own in the town of Hinkley, California when she sees health problems in some files at the office. She interviewed so many different families with everything from cancer to severe nose bleeds. It turned out that Pacific Gas & Electric had poisoned the town's water supply by not taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening. Erin has tremendous warmth and the people of Hinkley come to love and trust her. The movie also shows the major sacrifices she made by having to work such long hours on this case. Her relationship with her children suffered a lot at that time, but in the end, it was all worth it.
Brockovich (Julia Roberts, Oscar-winner for this role) has three kids, two ex-es, and a realy foul mouth. When she lands a job at the law office of Ed Masry (Albert Finney, Oscar-nominee for this role), she finds herself initiating the investigaiton of a local power plant, which has apparently contaminated the water of a small town nearby and caused numerous illness and deaths. Erin keeps pushing Ed and the townspeople, and ends up being a participant in a 333 million-dollar lawsuit, one of the biggest in American history.
Besides a heartwarming David-and-Golliath story, this is essentially a star vehicle for the winning Julia Roberts, as well as an ego trip for the real-life Erin Brockovich (who gained MUCH publicity... after the release of the film). The film is not perfect: it sometimes lacks a sense of coherence (one scene ends and the next begins without flow), and some performances are mediocre. However, Roberts finally frees herself from her previous stereotype of the candy-colored heroine and Finney is wonderful as usual, and also noted is a quite moving supporting performance by TV-veteran Marg Helgenberger, who plays Donna Jensen, a victim of the contaminated water due to the power plant's carelessness. Her performance, above all, makes you glad that the good guys win.
Erin Brockovich: Julia Roberts
Ed Masry: Albert Finney
George: Aaron Eckhart
Donna Jensen: Marg Helgenberger
Pamela Duncan: Cherry Jones
Kurt Potter: Peter Coyote
Directed by Steven Soderbergh/ Written by Susannah Grant/ 126 Minutes (Rated R).
BY ANDREW KOCH
While many movies have subtle and underlying themes, "Eric Brockovich" blatantly screams female empowerment and the fracturing of feminine stereotypes. This movie tells the amazing true story of a woman who against all odds and against many hardships was able to turn a court case around. At first glance Erin Brockovich with her skimpy clothes, bad manners, tough attitude, kids and mediocre job seem to frame Erin as a promiscuous, ill mannered and irresponsible mother type. It seems as though she is capable of nothing but mediocrity. Yet, throughout the movie her behavior, intelligence, courage, hard work and use of femininity help her become something even more special then she could have ever imagined.
Erin's appearance is an entity of its own throughout the movie. In the movie she is an extremely good-looking female who dresses to impress. With her breasts in plain view, tight clothes that show her curves and the way she carries herself; they all combine to objectify her as a "piece of meat", and not a person. Men cease to see her as a woman and only as a commodity/object of which to look at or try to acquire. This phenomenon is not in vain; it serves a purpose for Erin. The objectification in the eyes of all men allows to her to unsuspectingly acquire knowledge and to get her way without any resistance. This concept is not unique to only Erin. All women whom radiate these qualities are deemed a sexual prize to admire or try to win, they loose all personality and substance.Read more ›
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didn't wasn't in English, so important to watch before ordering
like new though
Speedy delivery, product as advertised. Great condition and safe arrival.Published 13 months ago by Jessica knoll