Erin Brockovich (2000)

A battle between single mom and corporate America is handily portrayed by Steven Soderbergh and a feisty performance by Julia Roberts.

Brockovich finagles her way into working in a small law office. As she begins to investigate a real estate deal, she uncovers a mammoth tainted water cover-up by a local factory. With the lawyer she works for, she builds a class action suit to get compensation for the sick victims of the dirty water.

The story is touching and does make the point that there should be more accountability for big business, but it did not make me like the title character. She was self-involved and possessed tunnel vision at the cost of the people who loved and needed her. Sure, she did a great thing, but her crass and rude interchanges make her more of an ante-hero.


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