Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski now finds herself a thirty-something single mother working as a maid. her sister Norah, is still living at home with their dad Joe, a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get-rich-quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose Persuades Norah to go into the crime scheme clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other... specialised situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find new respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to joys and challenges of being there for one another - no matter what - while discovering personal healing in the most unexpected way.
There are a couple of laughs in this but not enough to classify it as a comedy (although I've seen less amusing comedies!!). The subject of crime scene cleaning is an interesting one and something which I would imagine does pay well. The story revolves around two sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) who lose their jobs and venture into the CS cleaning to make some quick cash. Initially they have no clue as to what they're doing and incorrectly dispose of soiled mattresses etc. They get better with time and bond well, but then there is an incident which changes everything. It's a quirky little tale of not much substance but if you're after a light hearted family drama with a good performances and not a lot of thought required, then give this a spin.
An enjoyable low key drama.
- Sunshine Cleaning review by Shatner's Bassoon
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You rated this film: 4
If you’re looking for laughs then you’re going to be disappointed, but as a gentle low key character based drama ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ is well above average. If you enjoyed films like ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, Sideways’ and ‘Juno’ then this is well worth a rental.
Far From Spotless
- Sunshine Cleaning review by Jawbreaker
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You rated this film: 3
Sunshine Cleaning has a few minor laughs but it doesn't work as a comedy, instead a family drama is more beneficial. This offers a snapshot of life outside the American dream with a single mother trying to raise her kid and pay the bills. The main issue is the lack of depth, the sister is threadbare in detail and interesting participants come and go throughout the story. In the hands of another director, Sunshine Cleaning could have cleaned up.
Nice little movie
- Sunshine Cleaning review by PT
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You rated this film: 4
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt play sisters. Blunt is the wild child, whilst Adams is more responsible and ambitious (although to her annoyance she hasn't really made a success of herself yet).
Adams gets a chance to clean up crime scenes ( there's good money to be earned cleaning up blood and bodily fluids) and starts a business with a reluctant Blunt. Through working together and the events that ensue the siblings bond becomes stronger, and the tragic family event that happened to them as children is eased.
I enjoyed this movie and thought Adams and Blunt were great as the sisters, well supported by Alan Arkin as their father. Well worth a viewing if you like family dramas, with some laughs thrown in.