History Film / ErinBrockovich

28th Sep '16 10:36:57 AM DrOO7
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** Subverted with the lawyers that Erin and Ed hook up with. They're not incompetent and they're determined to fight for the plantiffs, but they also clearly don't see the people as anything more than a name and a case number, unlike Erin, who cares about them and knows every detail of their lives.
5th Mar '16 8:15:17 PM DrOO7
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* HairtriggerTemper: Erin tends to flip out and fly off the handle at anything she perceives as an insult. And God help if you if it ''was'' meant as an insult. Sometimes it comes in handy, such as when tells off the lawyer offering a paltry settlement, but it's usually a problem, as evidenced by the fact that Ed has to all but beg her to keep her mouth shut at an important meeting. It finally bites her in the ass at the end when she flies into a rage at Ed, only to learn it was completely unwarranted.

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* HairtriggerTemper: Erin tends to flip out and fly off the handle at anything she perceives as an insult. And God help if you if it ''was'' meant as an insult. Sometimes it comes in handy, such as when she tells off the lawyer offering a paltry settlement, but it's usually a problem, as evidenced by the fact that Ed has to all but beg her to keep her mouth shut at an important meeting. It finally bites her in the ass at the end when she flies into a rage at Ed, only to learn it was completely unwarranted.


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* RaceLift: The RealLife man George is based on is Mexican-American.
3rd Feb '16 2:31:00 AM CrazyLegs2
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* LadySwearsalot: Erin. The real Erin Brockovich admits on her website that this part of her portrayal is accurate: "Yes, I had a potty mouth in the movie and I still do."



* OscarBait


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* OscarBait
1st Feb '16 10:39:56 AM HiddenWindshield
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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Averted. Over the course of her investigations Erin comes to know every single one of the 600 or so residents of Hinckley, to the surprise to a couple of less-attached lawyers.

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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Averted. Over the course of her investigations Erin comes to know every single one of the 600 or so residents of Hinckley, to the surprise to of a couple of less-attached lawyers.
23rd Jan '16 3:55:58 PM spirasen
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: There's an interesting, but very different, story about underhanded industry lawyers hiring gumshoes to illegally invade the privacy of common citizens versus a pair of lawyers with an uncomfortably close relationship to the arbitration judge.
** The real Brockovich and her team of lawyers was also less than above-board in how they distributed funds to the Hinkley residents (see [[http://www.salon.com/2000/04/14/sharp/ here]]).
* WaterSourceTampering: PG&E tries to cover up the fact that they were poisoning the groundwater of the town Hinkley, California with Hexavalent Chromium, which resulted in most of the town suffering from illness and cancer.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: There's an interesting, but very different, story about underhanded industry lawyers hiring gumshoes gumshoes, to illegally invade the privacy of common citizens citizens, versus a pair of lawyers lawyers, with an uncomfortably close relationship relationship, to the arbitration judge.
** The real Brockovich and her team of lawyers was lawyers, were also less than above-board above board, in how they distributed funds to the Hinkley residents (see [[http://www.salon.com/2000/04/14/sharp/ here]]).
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* WaterSourceTampering: PG&E tries to cover up the fact fact, that they were poisoning the groundwater of the town Hinkley, California with Hexavalent Chromium, which resulted in most of the town town, suffering from illness and cancer.
20th Jan '16 11:31:14 AM DrOO7
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* TheNotLoveInterest: Erin and Ed.
25th Dec '15 7:57:20 PM whiteladydragon00
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Brockovich. The movie portrays her as a tireless activist purely because it's The Right Thing To Do. It leaves out the fact that she was after a ''very sizable'' cut of the settlement as well and made millions of dollars that way... or at the least, portrays it as a "happy side effect".
** Her boyfriend George also. In the movie, he's just an all-around NiceGuy. In RealLife, shortly after the movie was released, he tried to blackmail her by threatening to tell the media that she was an unfit mother and that she and Ed had had an affair

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Brockovich. The movie portrays her as a tireless activist purely because it's The Right Thing To Do. It leaves out the fact that she was after a ''very sizable'' cut of the settlement as well and made millions of dollars that way... or at the least, it portrays it this as a "happy side effect".
** Her boyfriend George also. In the movie, he's just an all-around NiceGuy. In RealLife, shortly after the movie was released, [[http://cjonline.com/stories/042700/new_brockovich.shtml#.Vn4OzovSmM9 he tried to blackmail her by threatening to tell the media that she was an unfit mother and that she and Ed had had an affairaffair]].
16th Aug '15 5:29:14 PM bobfrank
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* BlatantLies: "There are plenty of other places I could find work."
16th Jul '15 9:47:22 AM Tdarcos
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Erin Brockovich is a single mother without a job and with thousands of dollars in hospital bills from a car accident she was in (and unsuccessfully sued the other driver to pay). Desperate, she persuades her lawyer to take her on as a legal assistant. While everyone else is very professional, Brockovich dresses trashily and is rather crude. Then one day, she begins to investigate the Pacific Gas & Electric Company and discovers they're dumping toxic waste into the water supply of Hinkley, California. By using her...[[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey considerable assets]]...she begins a legal battle that would end up the largest class action lawsuit in American history. Yes, this is BasedOnATrueStory, and Erin Brockovich is a real woman. She gets a cameo as a waitress in a GreasySpoon restaurant (and, in a cute little bit of irony, her name tag reads "Julia").

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Erin Brockovich is a single mother without a job and with thousands of dollars in hospital bills from a car accident she was in (and unsuccessfully sued the other driver to pay). Desperate, she persuades her lawyer to take her on as a legal assistant. While everyone else is very professional, Brockovich dresses trashily and is rather crude. Then one day, she begins to investigate the Pacific Gas & Electric Company and discovers they're dumping toxic waste into the water supply of Hinkley, California.California (about 125 miles northwest of Los Angeles by Interstate). By using her...[[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey considerable assets]]...she begins a legal battle that would end up the largest class action lawsuit in American history. Yes, this is BasedOnATrueStory, and Erin Brockovich is a real woman. She gets a cameo as a waitress in a GreasySpoon restaurant (and, in a cute little bit of irony, her name tag reads "Julia").
23rd Jun '15 8:15:06 PM DrOO7
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* HenpeckedHusband: Or boyfriend, rather. Not until the end of the movie does George get an ounce of gratitude from Erin for taking care of her kids while she's at work.


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** Her boyfriend George also. In the movie, he's just an all-around NiceGuy. In RealLife, shortly after the movie was released, he tried to blackmail her by threatening to tell the media that she was an unfit mother and that she and Ed had had an affair
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