I knew this quote like a lyric to one of my favourite pop songs, well before I had ever seen the film , well before I had developed my own pair for that matter…

Erin Brokervich; A review, and some love for Ms. Roberts.

Today I celebrate the alluring Julia Roberts and thank her for being the independent female lead that my young mind didn’t know it needed.

Julia Roberts is a household name, she has an impressive show reel, proving her versatility as an actor in genres ranging from childrens, rom com, drama through to thriller. I am a big fan of Julia Roberts, is it because she impresses me with her choice in roles? Is it because when she smiles I see a glimmer of one of my best friends? Is it because I am equal parts in awe/green with envy at every glimpse of THOSE legs, that seem to go on forever? –I suppose it’s all of the above.

This Blog post is an ode to the woman herself, however I am going to pull out the magnifying glass and look a little closer, reviewing my favorite film starring Roberts, A film I find all too appropriate for us independent women.

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If you haven’t seen this film you may have just roused from your sleep in a crypt, or from under a rock… do you understand what I am hinting at?

The story line is as summarised, without any spoilers for you hibernators, I’m not angry, I’m disappointed.

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A Single woman, with three children trying to make her way in the world has her car swiped by another, injured and poor she tries for compensation, and whilst she is totally in the right (if you pay attention in the opening scenes it’s played out in full view), her lack of pedigree and performance in the court room leaves her with nothing. With a huge debt and not a hope in the world what does she do? She finds herself a job in the very firm that fought, and lost her case in the first place (Masry and Vitatoe).

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During her time at Masry and Vititoe she is put in charge of a pro bonoe case for the San Francisco-based ‘Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’.
What was meant to be a no brainer, ‘open and close’ case takes an unravelling turn. Through Brokervichs’ intuition and follow up of research she discovers the company has been covering up a chemical imbalance in a small towns water supply, leading to SEVERE health problems for the families in the area.

It is at this point that I remind you Erin Brokervich is a real person, this is a real case, and the outcome was a significant one.

This film is about a woman listening to her intuition, her own intelligence and getting on and doing something about it, no matter how high the stakes.
During her time at Masry and Vititoe she is put in charge of a pro bonoe case for the San Francisco-based ‘Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’.
What was meant to be a no brainer, open and close case takes an unravelling turn. Through Brockervichs intuition and follow up of research she discovers the company has been covering up a chemical imbalance in a small towns water supply, leading to SEVERE health problems for the families within the area.
It is at this point that I remind you Erin Brokervich is a real person, this is a real case, and the outcome was a significant one.
This film is about a woman listening to her intuition, her own intelligence and getting on and doing something about it, no matter how high the stakes. Along the way she is ridiculed for her gender, her lack of education, her label as a single mother, her outspoken ways and even the way she dresses. This film is an absolute must watch for every woman because of these reasons.
Erin Brokervick fought for compensation for HUNDREDS of people who had been misguided and put in danger. She started a case that is still unravelling. She fought against all odds and she did it allwithout compromising who she was.funny-erin-brockovich-quotes-julia-roberts
She did not ‘tone it down’ for the sake of others, it only pushed her to stand taller, speak louder and demand to be heard.

 

It is without doubt; it’s Brokervicks genuine empathy that enables her to keep fighting what feels like a losing battle against life and the sizeable company she is fighting against. Skipping proper meals to provide for her children, skipping sleep to ensure she had a case for those she believed deserved justice.

Roberts brings to life an impressive character on screen…

This is my opinion but is further supported with the impressive list of awards she received for the film, in fact, this role made Roberts the first PERSON to receive an Academy award, BAFTA, Golden globe award, Screen actors guild award and National Board of review award for a single role in history, as well as various other awards. Cheers to that Julia.
The film itself was nominated for a large number of awards, including nominations from the academy for:
Best picture
Best director
Best supporting actor
And best original screenplay.
Soderbergh lost the ‘Best Director’ award to himself for the film Traffic.

This is a beautiful film that has so much to give, I couldn’t recommend it any more. There is so much I haven’t touched on;

I guess you should just go and watch it.

As for Ms. Roberts I have so many favourite films starring the Brown eyed girl herself, She always delivers the goods. Roberts is always there for me when I need a day on the couch, for whatever reason that may be.
Most notably my two other favourite Julia Roberts films are Mona Lisa Smile 2010, and August: Osage Country, 2003.
They both come with a killer cast and speak to me on a deeper level, so if you don’t need to run off and see Julia Roberts killing it in ‘Erin Brokervich’, i’m sure you can find something else that will bring you great pleasure too.

Find specs, cast, crew and more reviews at IMDB

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To all girls on film,

I applaud you!

-M.x

 

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