Like Norma Rae and Silkwood, this is the uplifting tale of a woman standing alone against Power, presented with a minimum of Hollywood gloss. The working-class heroine, Josey Aimes, portrayed by a deglamorized Charlize Theron, is an abused single mother who takes a job in a Minnesota iron mine to support her two kids. But the merciless hazing and harassment Josey and her female co-workers must endure from the male miners stir her to action. She's a fictionalized version of Lois Jenson, the original plaintiff in a landmark class-action suit that changed sexual harassment law in 1984. Although occasionally heavy-handed, director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) has created an eloquent anthem to womanhood and an ode to social justice, and Theron's performance is exemplary. With Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins.
Director: Niki Caro
Writer: Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy and Michael Seitzman
Producer: Nana Greenwald, Jeff Skoll and Nick Wechsler
Cast: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, Woody Harrelson, Sean Bean, Jeremy Renner, Brad Henke, Michelle Monaghan, Richard Jenkins and Tommy Curtis