... you can learn from:
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Ms. Sanchez: Let's be honest here. $20 million dollarsis more money than these people have ever dreamed of.Erin Brockovich: Oh see, now that pisses me off. First of all, since the demur we have more than 400 plaintiffs and... let's be honest, we all know there are more out there. They may not be the most sophisticated people but they do know how to divide and $20 million isn't *shit* when you split it between them.
Second of all, these people don't dream about being rich. They dream about being able to watch their kids swim in a pool without worrying that they'll have to have a hysterectomy at the age of *twenty*. Like Rosa Diaz, a client of ours. Or have their spine deteriorate, like Stan Blume, *another* client of ours. So before you come back here with another lame ass offer, I want you to think real hard about what your spine is worth, Mr. Walker. Or what you might expect someone to pay you for your uterus, Ms. Sanchez. Then you take out your calculator and you multiply that number by a hundred. Anything less than that is a waste of our time.[Ms. Sanchez picks up a glass of water]Erin Brockovich: By the way, we had that water brought inspecially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley.
Ms. Sanchez: I think this meeting is over.Ed Masry: Damn right it is.
At first whenever I think of this movie I always have a hard time jumping over the hurdle of the fact that Julia Roberts stole the Oscar away from Ellen Burstyn in Requiem For A Dream. Which she did. But once I do jump that hurdle I remember that I actually love Erin Brockovich, and think it's a hell of a rousing movie-star movie. Roberts is terrific in the role - just try to tell me you can't hear her voice, her every inflection, delivering every single one of those words written above. She totally owns it. Anyway the movie came out fifteen years ago tomorrow, if you can believe that. Fifteen years and I'm still having dirty dreams about Aaron Eckhart's biker!