Sunshine Cleaning

sunshine cleaning
dir. Christine Jeffs

The newest flick by the producers of Little Miss Sunshine is a sweet dramedy without much punch. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt play their roles to perfection with a stunning performance from Alan Arkin.

Sunshine Cleaning follows two out of touch sisters stuck in a rut. Rose (Amy Adams) is still meeting her high school sweetheart late at night in cheap motels despite his marriage to one of Rose’s old cheerleader rivals. Her sister, Norah (Emily Blunt) hasn’t moved out of the house yet and has gone through several waitressing jobs. Her only joy in life seems to be scaring Rose’s son, Oscar (Jason Spevack), with tales of the evil Lobster-man and looking through her dead mother’s belongings while smoking a joint.  But when Oscar is forced out of public school Rose needs to make some quick cash to send him to a private school.  Rose and Norah decide to team up and start a crime-scene clean-up business, which ends up bringing them closer better lives and each other.

The film runs a little long, and I expected a much more satisfying ending, however, the story seems true to life and was enjoyable nonetheless. Though Sunshine Cleaning is certainly not the next Juno, it has a quirky humor and a wonderful sentiment all its own.


Katie M. Gaulke
kmgaulke@csbsju.edu

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One response

  1. Great review of a great movie. I really want to see this a second time !!!

    April 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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