Sunshine Cleaning

This movie is about a single mother (Amy Adams) whose best years seem to be behind her.  She was the most popular girl in high school – a cheerleader – who dated the star quarterback.  We never know if he is the father of her kid but it’s assumed – oh and he’s cheating on his wife with her (it’s been going on for years).  She works as a cleaning lady for the town and she doesn’t even own the business!  She learns that cleaning crime scenes pays extremely well, so she talks her sister into becoming her partner for Sunshine Cleaning – their new business.  Her sister (Emily Blunt) is a loser who has done nothing with her life still lives with their father (Alan Arkin) who has equally failed at life.  The sisters know nothing about crime scene clean up but they are cheaper than any other cleaning service.  They soon learn that there is a lot more to it than just bleaching up blood – Adams begins really investing in this business and feeling really accomplished in it as she learns the trade and becomes a real CSC (crime scene cleaner).  Unfortunately, she leaves her sister to clean one scene alone and that does not work out well!  I won’t spoil it for you – see it!

Adams and Blunt are perfect in these roles and Arkin has once again created a stellar character out of nothing.  It was fun to watch these three interact and even in the sadness of the movie there was joy within their relationships.  They really brought their characters to life and gave much more depth than what was written!  The faith in one another was tangible.

It felt like an indie film – which seems to be in right now – but that worked for this film.

There really isn’t a ton to say – watch it … discuss.

Rating: * * *

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