Movie Madness Mondays: Erin Brochovich

You all know the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going?” Sometimes it seems as if life gets hard… really hard. There’s these moments when you’re going going going and suddenly you find yourself running full force into a brick wall. And then what? How do you overcome that? What tools do you need in order to break down the wall and continue on?

That’s what “Erin Brockovich” really seems to be about… a woman who realized that she was, indeed, powerful enough to overcome her obstacles given the perfect motivation. We get an understanding that prior to the start of the story, Erin had set her life up in a way that seemed impossible to grow beyond. Her actions seemed to reflect a complete victimhood status of a woman with no power to change her life and no direction whatsoever. It reminds me a bit of how often times loud-mouth people or people who seem overly scary are often hiding this really meek and vulnerable side of them, protecting it. This movie seems to be what happens when you start to understand the inner workings of that meek and vulnerable side and start to smooth that out and build it into something more powerful.

As the movie goes on, we initially see this woman who seems to bulldoze anyone  It isn’t until she is personally moved and/or motivated that her entire world changes. When she takes on the case involving the utility company, she initially tries to just bulldoze through that as well. Once she actually gets a grasp on the people involved in the case and the pain that they’re going through, she starts to get a deeper understanding of herself and what she feels is unjust and unethical. Just as we see Erin begin to learn more about herself and her passions, we watch as she unfolds this inner-Erin and her life begins to transform. She goes after what she knows is the just thing to go after and as she chases these ideologies that she’s discovered within her, there is this ever changingness about her entire personality. We see her values shift as she moves primarily from a woman expecting the world to change her, to creating change in her world. We see a determined woman who has to learn to balance her passions with her children and love interest. In addition to all of these other things, however, we also see her learn to use her… um… assets in much more useful ways.

I think that there’s a lot to take from this movie, especially if you’re feeling as if there’s no where left to go but up. It can be an encouraging story for you to find a passion and go after it, building the value of yourself up.

Here’s some questions to ponder: The methods that Erin used before her venture into the research of the local utility company, PG & E, seem to be employed by many in our world today. What do you all think of these methods and how powerful do they seem in a normal every-day situation? Contrast that to the methods that Erin used, if any different, after she discovered this common link with disease and sickness amongst the community (the commonality being the utility company practices). What do you think of these methods and their power? What is, in actuality, different between the two types?

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10 Responses to “Movie Madness Mondays: Erin Brochovich”

  1. Ver0nik21 Says:

    I love this movie… it’s too late here in england so i promised I will answer tomorrow first thing in the morning! tabby..

    wait… what is the movie for next monday?

  2. taylor nikole Says:

    interesting post and question 🙂
    I thought id comment
    but ill give my opinion more tomorrow
    im extremely tired, with a fever haha
    and having ‘debates’ on
    wooo fun stuff
    ❤ nighttt

  3. Ver0nik21 Says:

    Ok after sleeping a couple of hours and just really awaken finally i’m able to think so here it goes:

    Erin Brockovich is a movie that contains the lot. From the acting right through to the plot this movie is a definite must see flick. Julia Roberts is at an all-time best in this a-class movie. All of the co-stars are magnificent. They all put in a top class performance and made the movie worth seeing.

    Even though this is based on a true story it is really a well-thought out and planned movie. The basic storyline is about Erin Brockovich, a jobless, mother of three who has been divorced twice. She hardly has a hundred dollars in her bank account and the only thing holding her from suicide are her kids.

    But one day when she is hit be a reckless driver and takes him to court she loses. Annoyed at her lawyer she decides to force him into giving her a minimum wage job. He accepts and whilst she is doing her job she comes across a case which she wants to investigate upon. She is given permission and goes ahead.

    From there onwards it is Roberts and Finney taking over the show in this heart stopping, laughable and sad tale of family, love, work and sex. Well maybe not sex but I thought it was a nice touch..


  4. Ver0nik21 Says:

    @ taylor nikole

    haha wait now i remember you i always read your post at allison’s page! and mathew’s!!!


  5. Emma-Lu Says:

    I enjoyed this movie! It has spunk and cheek and it clearly delivers the message about a woman using brutal honesty to help others, while in the process learning a lot about her strengths. Some of Erin’s one-liners made me cringe, even though they were very funny!
    So, her methods to research PG & E? Well… I think her in-your-face methods were the only ‘tools’ Erin knew she had when it came to dealing with situations and people who challenged her. It also highlights how alone she felt in her quest. She had a no-nonsense, fight-to-the end approach, which eventually began to reveal itself as a genuine care and ability to empathise with the underdog, without needing a legal background to back her up. Maybe there are no mistakes and we’re constantly learning and adjusting. Personally, I think bold, dominance is often counterproductive, as I believe a more subtle approach is more effective, otherwise you come across badly when in fact your intentions are GOOD!

  6. Kendra Says:

    Tabby – Really great review! Great questions too!
    Funny because Erin is a bit of an angry character driven by passion…she used her anger (unknowingly) as a motivation to get to a place where she then starting experiencing compassion…from this place of compassion for others she learned to have compassion for her self, and she instantly soften as a person and her transformation was inspiring.

    When we all come across something we truly believe, in we go for it, we fail, we learn, we retry, we keep moving forward without giving up, one step at a time.

  7. taylor nikole Says:

    hehe you do?
    i absolutely posting there 🙂

  8. Ash Says:

    @Kendra: “we go for it, we fail, we learn, we retry, we keep moving forward without giving up, one step at a time.”

    Did you come up with that, Kendra or did you get it from some where?

    Either way… I really like it!

  9. Maxima Says:

    Erin……maybe she’s one of my heroes…..
    I’ll know….someday.

  10. Lorène Says:

    hello Kendra and all the team,
    I saw Erin Brochovich and I totally agree with you.
    She is powerful and strong and she tries to overcome the hard things of the life.
    I can advice you a movie for the next movie madness monday it’s “Brokedown Palace” (with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale).This movie is really fantastic and overwhelming .(and what’s more the scene takes place in Bangkok so it will probably remind you your stay there with Kristin ).
    This movie talks about how strong a friendship can be and it’s totally beautiful.
    But I stop speaking and I let you enjoy this movie as I enjoy it .
    Good watching and huge kisses

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