Sunshine Cleaning

Try if you can to avoid the inevitable salvo of assurances that ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ is this year’s ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, or this year’s ‘Juno’. Sure, it has the usual Sundance/US indie baggage – sibling rivalry, unfeasibly precocious/adorable child actor, Alan Arkin essaying the loveably eccentric side to senility… again – but this is actually superior to both those films.

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt make for a convincing pairing as Rose and Norah Lorkowski, blue-collar siblings who hatch a scheme to make big money clearing up the blood and guts at crime scenes. There are plenty of ‘ewww!’ gags in the early stages, but things start to refocus when the messiness of their grimy new profession rolls over into a storyline full of decoys, loose ends and characters who, rather poignantly, just drift away. Jeffs makes a good fist of the direction and Blunt proves that she can do comedy, but it’s Adams’s comforting, charismatic central turn which really gives the film its lift.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 26 2009
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Christine Jeffs
Screenwriter: Megan Holley
Cast: Amy Adams
Emily Blunt
Alan Arkin
Jason Spevack
Steve Zahn
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Clifton Collins Jr
Eric Christian Olsen
Paul Dooley

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:0
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Kevin

Beautiful. Touches on family history and how our history shapes our lives. The realization that being the head cheerleader ends at graduation. An evocative trip down so many of life's paths.

Kevin

Beautiful. Touches on family history and how our history shapes our lives. The realization that being the head cheerleader ends at graduation. An evocative trip down so many of life's paths.

rose hawkes

Great film, we loved it ! So much better than 500 letters which we saw last night and went nowhere. I loved Emily Blunt's character, and I'm glad the cat is safe !

Paul

Not a bad story to spend the night seeing and it saved me from watching the Wimbledon final. A timepasser of a film if you have nothing else to do. It reminded me of a time before CGI and SFX when a film could be a handful of actors and a script.

Phil Ince

PS: But Emily Blunt's crush on the daughter of a deceased client is a beautiful study in yearning and hesitancy.

Phil Ince

This is soap. If you like soap, you might well like this. I thought it was a bit thin. Good performances but the story is periodically dependent on people behaving stupidly. Good enough but a bit irritating because none of the main characters are easy to like or respect.

moab

I just saw Sunshine Cleaning and was glad I did. This review is so far off the mark as to be ludicrous. This is a wonderful, sensitive film about people who don't fit in trying to move their lives forward. Emily Blunt is, as always, outstanding.

moab

I just saw Sunshine Cleaning and was glad I did. This review is so far off the mark as to be ludicrous. This is a wonderful, sensitive film about people who don't fit in trying to move their lives forward. Emily Blunt is, as always, outstanding.