- Information at Internet Movie Database
- Cinema in Focus, a social and spiritual commentary by Hal Conklin and Denny Wayman.
- Movie Parables review.
- Looking Closer, review by Jeffrey Overstreet, "searching for truth, beauty and meaning in the movies."
- Hollywood Jesus visual review
- "Erin Brokovich and Taking It Personally," Steve Lansingh, TheFilmForum: Christian Conversation about the Movies.
- Review, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Health - Spiritual Practices for Human Being.
- Acceptance, Affirmation,
Community, Courage, Conversion, Decision, Determination, Empowerment,
Endurance, Envy/jealousy, Growth/journey, Friendship, Integrity/honor,
Interconnectedness, Joy, Mother types, Power/strength, Overcoming
- "Erin Brockovich" is essentially a film about empowerment. A mother of three children is unemployed and has no source of income. She decides that she has to find a job at all costs. In her work at a small law firm, she discovers that she has very little respect from the other employees. She comes to believe that the women of the firm are jealous of her physical attributes when she is asked to change to more appropriate work clothing. She dreams of one day having a job where she is respected for what she brings to her position. She dreams of being viewed as a person of integrity. As the story unfolds, Erin develops a friendship with her boss that only strengthens with time because of her hard work and determination to do a good job. He strongly affirms Erin with several votes of confidence. As Erin works on her case, she receives acceptance from her co-workers gradually and also from those whom she wants to sign the petition. She also is required to show some great courage when she receives some threats to her family. Her case in a small California town that is plagued by bad water requires endurance from her and from her children and boyfriend/neighbor. The film depicts a journey of self-discovery for Erin. She finds that there are many obstacles that she must overcome, including dealing with the tension of not being with her children as much as she would like when she is working on her project for the town. The tension between working and not working is a strong one for Erin, who does not have the benefits of child support for her three children. As she gains the trust of the town, a sense of community between these people develops. They begin to understand that all of their medical problems are interconnected and that by joining together as one community they have a greater chance of achieving their goals. At the end of the film, Erin shows great joy at her accomplishments as a person in the working world (not to give away the ending). (submitted by Valerie Lyson Humphreys, Independence MO)
- The Cleansing of the Temple: Holy Anger
- The movie is based on a true story. Erin is a young woman with little education attempting to find a job after six years at home with her children. She worms her way into a job at a law office. There she deals with what on its surface is a routine, pro bono, real estate case; her curiosity exposes the reality of the case ? a toxic poisoning of a small town's ground water by the power and light company. She digs deeper and is moved by the stories of the people who have been affected by the situation. Her compassion, her love for these people drives her to seek justice. Her means are uncouth and unschooled but she makes fools of those the world sees as powerful and successful. Through her passion she drives home the need for justice; turning the tables of corporate power upside down. (submitted by Judson Baptist Church)
- Acceptance, Affirmation, Community, Courage, Conversion, Decision, Determination, Empowerment, Endurance, Envy/jealousy, Growth/journey, Friendship, Integrity/honor, Interconnectedness, Joy, Mother types, Power/strength, Overcoming obstacles