Hard days at the office #5: Business language and Ms. Brockovich

I could have gone in a lot of different and rather obvious directions for the last entry in this series of clips from work-related movies, “Office Space” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” being but two of the more obvious possibilities. However, when it comes to productions that really capture the feeling of struggling to get a job in the real world, and then keeping it and balancing it with other commitments, Steven Soderbergh’s deceptively modest “Erin Brockovich” is one of the very few that really seems to get it.

I would have edited this series of clips a lot differently, but it does give a feeling for the movie. (If you remember “Erin Brockovich” at all you’ll know this is NSFW. Actually, if you put up a camera in most offices and then ran it on YouTube, it would probably be NSFW.)

A bonus and a bit more commentary after the flip.

Here’s one of those scenes in somewhat longer form.

When I saw “Erin Brockovich” the first time, I enjoyed how much it wasn’t a “great” movie and didn’t really try to be, simply telling its story in an intelligent and highly entertaining way and making the absolute most of Julia Roberts‘ and Albert Finney’s strengths. The more I think about it now, however, I’m not so sure it’s isn’t an actual “great movie” in its TV-movie-esque way. Time to see again, I guess.

  

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