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Erin Brockovich (2000)

1 rating: -5.0
A movie directed by Steven Soderbergh

Much will be made of Julia Roberts's wardrobe inErin Brockovich--a brash parade of daring hemlines and Wonderbra confidence. Roberts is unabashedly sexy in the title role of this fact-based comedy-drama, but she and director Steven Soderbergh are far … see full wiki

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Director: Steven Soderbergh
1 review about Erin Brockovich (2000)

Once again, it's Hollywood 1, Truth 0. . .

  • Oct 6, 2000
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-5
Ok, so maybe I just don't get it. I guess that I'm in the extreme minority here -- but I didn't much care for the movie "Erin Brockovich". I didn't find Brockovich to be an admirable person, much less a hero, and I have grave disappointments concerning the fidelity of the movie to actual events.

Item: Repeatedly throughout the movie, Ms. Brockovich is portrayed as "doing this for her children" or some similar line. Yet her home life was chaotic at best, her relationship with her kids was awful, and her relationship with her boyfriend (who actually DID seem to care for the kids) was also unimpressive. (She has since dumped him.)

Item: The movie played fast and loose with the actual facts of the matter. In the months since the movie's release, numerous syndicated columnists have demonstrated scientific inaccuracies, fiscal irregularities as far as payments to "victims", exorbident attorney's fees, etc.

Item: The heroic attorney figure has, in real life, not tended toward the highest examples of the ethics of his profession. He was a religious cult lawyer, an attorney FOR polluters, and was a convicted felon.

Item: In real life, many residents of Hinckly are terribly bitter toward Brockovich.

It's politically correct, nowadays, to bash large corporations as intrinsically evil. For that matter, it's also politically correct to promote "single mother makes good" themes. But the real facts of the story show that the movie heros aren't at all what they seem.

But once again, Hollywood wins. The REAL victim is the truth.

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