Erin Brockovich (Dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2000): Erin Brockovich was never trained, or indeed meant to work in a lawyers office. Circumstances take this down-on-her-luck, twice-divorced mother of three into a legal practice. Here she discovers some legal files that don't add up... On investigation she discovers an injustice, and decides, against the odds, to take on the bad guys on behalf of a poor and very ill community.
Stepmom (Dir. Chris Columbus, 1998): Jackie (Susan Sarandon) is a divorced mother of two. Isabel (Julia Roberts) is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie's ex-husband Luke (Ed Harris), forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. It is the universal dilemma of the 'non-traditional family', they all love the children but the complex interplay between parents, step-parents, step-children, ex-spouses and significant others is decidedly tricky.
But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside their differences to find a common ground and celebrate life to the fullest, while they have the chance.
Steel Magnolias (Dir. Herbert Ross, 1989): A beautiful, bittersweet comedy set in deep south Louisiana, Steel Magnolias unites talents of America's finest actresses as six very special friends bonded together by mutual triumphs and tragedies.
Despite their differences, beautiful Shelby (Julia Roberts), her strong-willed mother M'Lynn (Sally Field), beauty parlour owner Truvy (Dolly Parton), elegant wealthy widow Clairee (Olympia Dukakis), sharp tongued Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) and mousey newcomer Anelle (Daryl Hannah) enjoy a friendship that spans the boundaries of age and status. Sharing each other's strength and loyalty, they face their greatest fears and highest hopes with dry wit and a self-deprecating style...