Erin Brokovich Incarnated

The Very Reverend Alan Jones chats with us about the less revered Erin Brockovich

Beliefnet is celebrating Oscar season by sitting down with religious leaders and thinkers to talk about the movies nominated for Best Picture. This week, the Very Reverend Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, gives us his take on "Erin Brockovich."

"Erin Brockovich" is a true David-and-Goliath story of a woman who wins reparations from Pacific Gas and Electric for families harmed by pollution at a PG&E plant in Nevada. With little formal education, Erin talks her way into a job as a paralegal, and while working on a real estate case, stumbles upon records suggesting that a community's myriad illnesses have been caused by a spill near the plant. Erin's determination helps win the resulting lawsuit, and the 100 afflicted families are awarded $333 million in the largest direct-action suit in history.

What did you think of their portrayal of Erin Brockovich as a single, working mother?
Rev. Jones

: Erin's a single mum, 2 husbands, but thrown into life at the end of the 20th century, feisty, and in love with life, and not afraid of being human, being sexual, being fully alive, and coping with life. On that level, it was a movie about a woman, but it could've been about a man. She was determined

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