April 19, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Director Ken Loach — acclaimed for chronicling the plight of working class Brits — takes on the plight of working class Angelenos. Adrien Brody plays an activist who helps a pair of office cleaning sisters take on their boss. Loach has never been a moviemaker for the masses, but it’s hard not to empathize with the ”take this job and shove it” plot.

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