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Sunshine Cleaning

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Adams/Blunt/Arkin ~ Sunshine Cleaning

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirked-up cleaning Feb. 22 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I like quirky movies, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. So "Sunshine Cleaning" seems like a pretty good option -- it's a rather sweet, dryly-humorous movie about a family who is just trying to get by. The premise is a little hard to swallow, but the actors mostly make up for it with their strong performances and likable characters.

Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) and her sister Norah (Emily Blunt) have pretty unsatisfactory lives -- one is a maid, and the other just got fired from her waitressing job and is living with her dad. When Rose's son is casually expelled from school, she faces either having to give him medication or send him to a private school -- and she can't afford either.

With the help of Rose's married boyfriend, she manages to get a job in biohazard cleanup. Yes, I said "biohazard cleanup."

Though their business is initially just a way to get money, Norah and Rose quickly try to turn Sunshine Cleaning into a legitimate business, and begin to learn how they can help other people as they work. But when disaster strikes, everything they've tried to do may go up in incinerator smoke... literally.

"Sunshine Cleaning" is one of those movies with just the right amount of quirk (talking deer head?) and heart. It's got kind of a ridiculous premise, since I'm pretty sure you need some kind of training and/or licensing to handle biohazardous materials. But I'm willing to suspend my disbelief.

Honestly, what makes this work is the story of the family -- the sisters learning to grow closer as they also learn to understand each other, and the elderly grandfather growing closer to his troubled grandson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disregard these poor reviews Aug. 22 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Poor Emily these other Amazonians leaving poor reviews. Why? . Don't pass up this one by its a classic black comedy and Blunt fans will love her sexy American accent in an effective entry in her burgeoning career. Based on a true story a unique perspective on our most messy of capital crimes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky comedy with plenty of heart March 24 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Sunshine Cleaning has a lot of amusing moments, but it's not the kind of comedy that tries to make you laugh with every line of dialogue or in every situation. Indeed, some of the subject matter is quite dark.

Rose Lorkowski (Adams) is a single mother. She's good at getting men to want her, but most don't want to date her or enter into any kind of permanent relationship. She's having an affair with a local cop, Mac (Steve Zahn), but it's clear to us that he has no intention of leaving his pregnant wife. Rose is nothing more than a diversion for him and he's not emotionally invested in the relationship.

Rose makes ends meet by working as a maid, but she's hoping to better herself. Mac finds himself investigating a suicide and discovers that it costs around $3,000 to clear up the mess. He suggests to Rose that it would be a lucrative line of work so she decides to give it a try. Rose recruits her sister, Norah (Blunt), and the two buy a van and open a business. Unfortunately, they don't have the required knowledge to do their job safely and within the law. They also don't have any kind of insurance.

The two quickly learn and are helped by the owner of a local store who explains what equipment to buy and how to become certified. Rose's life starts to improve.

The other main character is Joe (Arkin), the girls' father. He means well and is always promising his grandson trips and presents, but he rarely delivers. He reminds me of my grandfather in some ways and is always looking for some kind of scheme to earn money. One such scheme involves selling shrimp to local restaurants, but he's stuck with them when the restaurant owners refuse to buy for health reasons.

This is a quiet film with some good observations on life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sunshine cleaning dvd Jan. 12 2011
Format:DVD
This dvd is defective. It comes on for one second and is stuck there. I had previously bought one at another place and the dvd did the same thing. It seems like a manufacturing error. I didn't even return the dvd I was so mad. The story seemed interesting. Too bad.
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