Sunday, October 17, 2010

Movie review: Sunshine Cleaning

Sisters Rose (Amy Adams) and Norah (Emily Blunt) are down on their luck, working dead-end jobs and feeling like life is going nowhere fast. In an attempt to raise money to get her son into a private school, Rose convinces Norah to start a business cleaning up after suicides and crime scenes. Adam Arkin plays their bad luck dad.

I don't remember hearing about this movie when it was released, but our friends Brad and Catherine recommended it. I enjoyed this quirky independent feature, but Mike was less enthralled. He felt it didn't move quickly enough and (always a sign of how he feels about a film), it put him to sleep.

As for me, I enjoyed the complicated but deep connection between the sisters; the way Amy Adams' character faces down the snobbery of her former cheerleader friends; the playful relationship between Adams' son and his grandfather and aunt; and the interesting insight into the world of crime scene cleaning. Someone's got to do work like that, and how often do you contemplate these individuals who clean up after tragedy?

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