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As promised, here's my list of the Worst Television Farewell Episodes.

Also, another interesting post I pulled out of my ass today, The 5 Minute Matrix Revolutions.
Finally, I saw Erin Brockovich recently. This was probably the most fun I've had watching a Julia Roberts movie... and by "most" I mean "only."
Director Steven Soderbergh helms a movie that is far more conventional than his usual fare, a "based on a true story" film about a working-class woman who became a legal assistant and eventually succeeded in causing problems for a major corporation. The woman, Erin Brockovich, begins the movie desperate for money, out of work and somehow managing to still care for her three children. She begs the lawyer (Albert Finney) who represented her in a failed lawsuit to give her a job as an assistant. After he caves in and hires her, Brockovich begins nosing into some cases that involve similar complaints of poor health caused by a faulty water supply. Researching the matter, Brockovich discovers that a power company is responsible for polluting the water supply, and she organizes a class action suit that costs the company millions of dollars and brings some joy to the victims of the poison water. It's a classic David vs. Goliath story, or in this case, Julia vs. Goliath, since Julia Roberts is the actress who plays Brockovich. Part of the problem with the film is that Roberts always seems to be straining to show that she isn't just a movie star and she can play working-class parts. But instead of accepting Roberts as Brockovich, we are always aware of the performance, and it seems as if Roberts is projecting her own feelings about poverty rather than fully inhabiting the role. Soderbergh is guilty of romanticizing his heroine as well...the film is constructed as one scene after another in which Brockovich overcomes the prejudices and snide remarks of the "suits" and eventually triumphs. If Erin Brockovich had not been so conventional, or strained so hard to represent Erin's plight, it might have been a decent, if formulaic, entertainment. Soderbergh is a director with a good feel for the small details of life. It's too bad that he was tied down by a script (and star) interested in big statements.

Nothing spectacular as far as dialog. not even a particularly well-told story of porr families and strife.

More of a vehicle for Roberts than anything, but a well-done vehicle.

I never lost interest, and Roberts at least shows some emotion.

Finney is a fine foil to her antics.

Barely a 5/10*.

Go see A Civil Action for a better-told water contamination story.
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i have to say most movies like this i dont like....... but this one was great...
Erin Brockovich (2000)

One that somehow slipped though my "want-to-see" list. I was biased towards this movie before it started because the issues involved are things I deal with every day. It was interesting seeing it all on the big screen. The movie itself is OK and I can see how the story can be conceived as a "Made-for-TV". Have to give the film high marks, though, because these events really did happen. That, in itself, makes it worth watching (in addition to Julia's pushed-up rack).
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Based on a true story, "Erin Brockovich" deals with the factual aspect of single mother struggling in the society. When Erin (Julia Roberts) got a job in a law firm, she became interested in dealing with the PG&E case so she started working on it until she was attached to it.

As a movie, "Erin Brockovich" struggles to be gripping at most times but it succeeds in portraying factual happenings of daily life. Julia Roberts's acting is genuine which makes the movie worth viewing somehow.
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