Thursday, November 15, 2007

Review of film--Erin Brockovich

The film, Erin Brockovich, features the unemployed single mother of 3 who loses a lawsuit and asks her lawyer, Ed Masry, if he will give her a job in his office to compensate for the loss. She starts work as a file clerk in Ed's office and some files about a pro-bono case involving real-estate and medical records against Pacific Gas and Electric Company seemed rather strange. She investigates further and finds that there has been a cover up of the industrial poisoning of the water supply of the town of Hinkley. The serious illnesses of the residents of Hinkley are thought to have been caused by this industrial poisoning from PG&E. Erin fights throughout the film through many obstacles to win a lawsuit brought by Ed Masry's law firm against PG&E. The residents of Hinkley are awarded $333 million.

I feel this film dealt very positively with the representation of women. Erin was portrayed as the strong, intelligent woman I believe she is. She was not educated as a legal assistant yet did all the research and gathered all of the evidence needed to convict PG&E. She did use her feminism at different times to gather evidence but I don't feel it was in a negative way. I'm not sure if I would consider this a feminist fim but it portrayed Erin as a very strong, intelligent, independent woman.

I personally liked this film very much. It was both funny and serious and was amazing to watch with all of the information she dealt with. I would recommend anyone and everyone to watch this film. In fact on the A&E channel on cable this movie is on, on Friday Nov. 16th at 9:00 pm.

To find more information on Erin Brockovich she has a website:, she has a blog:, Universal's official Erin Brockovich site:, you can rent or checkout at the library the movie Erin Brockovich.

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