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From the producers of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE comes the charming Sundance hit SUNSHINE CLEANING, a spirited comedy-drama starring Amy Adams (DOUBT, ENCHANTED) as single-mom Rose Lorkowski, a plucky ex-cheerleader now cleaning houses and having an affair with her high-school sweetheart, Mac (Steve Zahn). When Mac, a police detective, suggests the lucrative job opportunities in crime-scene cleanup, Rose enlists her sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), to join her in the gory but ultimately fulfilling business enterprise. The sisterly chemistry between Adams and Blunt is impressive and forms the crux of their characters' growth throughout the film: Rose’s optimism--reciting self-affirmations and positive spins on her occupation ("It’s a growth industry")--complements Norah’s cynical, wickedly humorous exterior, which hides her bruised, vulnerable heart. Rounding out this likable cast is Alan Arkin, appearing as Joe, the sisters' lovably grumpy father, and Jason Spevack, who plays Rose’s eight-year-old son, Oscar. SUNSHINE CLEANING has all the familiar ingredients of a small independent feature (dysfunctional family spanning three generations, offbeat comic situations, dark emotional subtext), but thanks to the keen directorial hand of Christine Jeffs (who also directed the Sylvia Plath biopic, SYLVIA), and a smart screenplay from first-time writer Megan Holley, the film manages to transcend indie-film quirkiness, offering a heartfelt story of family bonds and the unexpected curveballs in life’s road.
Number of Discs: 1
Rating: R (MPAA)
Film Country: USA
3 stars out of 5 -- "This funny and touching movie depends on two can-do actresses....Adams and Blunt get the job done. They come highly recommended."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (03/19/2009)
"[A]n offbeat and oddly endearing drama....Dig in a bit deeper, and you uncover a smartly done morality tale that couldn't be more in sync with these troubled times."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (03/13/2009)
3 stars out of 4 -- "Dark humor intersperses with poignant moments....Light but not insubstantial, charming without being glib, SUNSHINE CLEANING is a heartfelt and funny story of complicated family dynamics and life's bizarre twists."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (03/13/2009)
"[T]he director and her co-stars, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, bring a steadfast sense of truth to the story of two sisters trying to jump-start their stuck lives and grow up....They're just wonderful, these two actresses, and quietly spectacular in different ways."
Wall Street Journal (03/13/2009)
"This is definitely one to make you feel good all over....Adams and Blunt do an outstanding job and Jason Spevack is adorable..."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (03/12/2009)
"As blooming Rose, Adams taps into a delicate vein of warmth and humor that makes her every reaction fresh....Blunt complements Adams' honeyed energy with her own irresistible, more dead-pan vigor."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (03/20/2009)
3 stars out of 5 -- "Adams gives a delicate, empathetic performance that validates her calling as her generation's Julia Roberts. She and Blunt strike some bright, flashy sparks..."
Total Film - Matt Mueller (05/27/2009)
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