September 14, 2009

[A-Z Movies] Sunshine Cleaning [Sept 4, 2009]

Posted in A - Z Movies at 5:24 pm by Heather

Sunshine Cleaning
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Steve Zahn
Rotten Tomatometer: 72%
NY Times: ***
Heather’s Rating[1]: $$$

Plot summary (from wikipedia): Former high school cheerleading captain Rose Lorkowski (Adams) is a thirty-something single mother who cleans houses for a living. Wanting to send her trouble-making eight-year-old son Oscar (Jason Spevack) to a private school, Rose decides to take her married lover’s advice and get into the “lucrative” business of crime scene cleanup. Rose convinces her disillusioned, underachieving sister Norah (Blunt) to join her in the enterprise, which she calls “Sunshine Cleaning.” The sisters begin to find meaning in their function to “help” in some way in the aftermath of a loss, just as the job stirs up memories of their own mother’s death. Their priorities and goals tested, Rose and Norah face hard challenges as they strive to improve their lives.

Heather’s Review:  I am a huge fan of Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Steve Zahn, and they definitely showed me why they are some of my favorite actors today.  The story was touching and funny, and showed the complexities of every dysfunctional family today.  I’ll admit though, I didn’t like Norah, although I believe that’s what the director intended, and Jason Spevack was wonderful as precocious Oscar.   I’m still not sure of the ending – I liked it, but not Norah’s bit – although, if it ended any other way, I’m not sure I’d be happy with it either.  But, over all, the movie was quite good, and I enjoyed it.

Heather’s Ratings:
$$$$ = Worth paying the Friday evening price
$$$= Worth paying the Matinee price
$$= Worth a rental
$ = Wait for cable
# = Skip it

1. TOTALLY stolen from Donna who has awesome movie reviews and you should add her blog to your feed (back to review)


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