Erin Brockovich

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Based on a true story, Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich. Outspoken, twice divorced, with three children and limited education, Erin has only one thing going for her, sheer determination. When she looses a simple, car accident case in court, she forces herself into her lawyers office for a job. Recognizing her tenacity, lawyer Ed Masery (Albert Finney) puts Erin to work on a simple real estate case. But it sparks Erins curiosity when there are medical records in the file. As Erin investigates, she finds herself in the middle of a major groundwater pollution case with a large utility company. In what becomes a David and Goliath story, Erin rallies the people of a small community to take on a giant power supplier. But the fight also takes its toll on Erins home life as she leaves her children in the hands of George (Aaron Eckheart), a seasonal construction worker. Audiences will cheer as Erin uses her natural charms and her faith in the truth to win over both legal teams and townspeople. On a humorous note, the real Erin makes a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia.

Theres much to admire in Erins character. She respects people and approaches them honestly and sometimes bluntly. When others would give up, she hangs on and fights for those she thinks need her help. While some see Ed as a soft touch, he sees Erins potential and exercises belief in her. George also believes in Erin and shows a surprising side by wanting to care for her children. Although her wardrobe emphasizes her physical attributes and presents an image some would call white trash, Erin demonstrates a remarkable intelligence and memory. She also understands her appearance can be useful in gathering information. Unfortunately, as with many current films, the dialogue is filled with obscenity and profanity. However real, character and emotion can be conveyed without vulgar language. One scene implies a sexual relationship between George and Erin, but explicit action and nudity were omitted. Once again, a possibly decent film is degraded by trashy dialogue.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 & Universal Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (36) times - Mild 22, moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (56) times - F-word 29, s-word 18, others 9

Profanity: Many (19) times - Regular 18 (GD 8, J 5, G 2, Csake, Honest to G, Oh J), exclamatory 1 (OG)

Violence: Few times - Mild (car accident, threatening phone call)

Sex: Implied once (couple on bed)

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - many times (clothing emphasizes cleavage, sheer blouse shows bra, woman in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (comments about womans clothes, woman flirts to get information, sensual kissing)

Drugs: Several times (alcohol drinking, cigarette smoking, reference to past drug use)

Other: Man offers to care for womans children, men supportive of female character, woman rewarded for efforts

Running Time: 131 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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