Reviewed by: Gabe Rodriguez
|Featuring:||Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart, Scotty Leavenworth, Albert Finney|
|Producer:||Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher|
After spending over two hours in a packed theater watching “Erin Brockovich”, the whole place erupted in applause. Literally. “Erin Brockovich” is not only the first great movie of the new millennium, it’s the movie that hands Julia Roberts the best role of her career.
Based on a true story, “Erin…” follows the title character, a single mom, who has been divorced twice and now has three small children. She gets a job at a law firm, but her “white trash” demeanor of skimpy clothing and a mouth that could stand to be washed out with soap causes her to find herself hanging on to her job by the string of her halter top. But soon she discovers something astonishing: in a small desert town, a local water plant has been poisoning the area water. Now all the town’s residents have diseases; bad ones that range from cancer to spinal meningitis. With Erin’s help, the small town’s residents are going to bring this big name water conglomerate to its knees.
The amazing performance by Julia Roberts is what gives “Erin Brockovich” its shine. Working from an amazingly good script by Susanna Grant, Roberts literally becomes Brockovich and she is nothing short of Oscar caliber. Albert Finney, in a far more subtle role, is great, and he provides needed balance to Erin’s brash ways.
The only objectionable elements are Julia’s skimpy outfits (which flaunt her pushed-up cleavage) and the harsh language which flows from her mouth. There are an upwards of 25 f-words and quite a few others. No violence or sex is seen.
A masterpiece, to be sure, “Erin Brockovich” is not to be missed for those who enjoy this genre of film.