Sunshine Cleaning (2008) - Comedy, Drama

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In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Christine Jeffs
Stars: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
Length: 91 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 30 out of 138 found boring (21.73%)

One-line Reviews (96)

Jason Spevack is adorable but not cloying as Rose's son Oscar, Steve Zahn takes a break from comedic roles to create a believable character in Mac, Mary Lynn Rajskub is enigmatic and fascinating as Lynn, and Clifton Collins Jr. brings depth and integrity to Winston.

Supporting cast in Alan Arkin, Clifton Collins and Steve Zahn deliver a necessary contribution to make the environment the sisters live in more challenging and intriguing for the viewers.

The dark humor potential of such a nasty and depressing profession is underutilized, but the story still manages to unfold into an intriguing relationship drama.

Rather boring.

This was obviously deliberate, and I'm going to guess that the symbolism in using lots of earth tones was meant to make the movie seem normal, possibly even bland looking, in order to contrast the quirky, bizarre storyline.

Sunshine Cleaning develops a "slice of life" script typical of the indie scene, quite enjoyable, carried by a very good cast with an Adam-Blunt duo that works and an always extra energized Alan Arkin.

Throw in her dysfunctional son and a get quick older father and you have a cure for insomnia.

Likewise, the other leads were *pretty good* except for Arkin; he seemed bored and detached in his now overplayed loving-father-with-crazy-ideas role.

As with unexpected path choices just as in life things happen unexpectedly that change people as you can see in the films end each character takes a new road journey as it ends with unexpected twist of Norah setting out on her own.

The problems, reactions to them, and solutions encountered, or not, as the case may be, were believable and mundane; stuff that we all can relate too.

B Overall: I really liked this movie and I can't think of anyone who wouldn't, or perhaps that should be 'shouldn't,' because realistically speaking, there's bound to be someone who from the action movie crowd who thinks this is boring and too emotional, and there's bound to be some crusader for clean entertainment who objects to the subject matter, and to all them I say, "Screw you!

However, Sunshine Cleaning deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, mainly because of its excellent performances and its deep and fascinating screenplay.

Emily Blunt is stunning as the confused and embittered sister who loves the smell of everything her mother left behind and deals with her puzzled relationships.

Their performances are genuine and affecting and bring light to a story that is realistically melancholy but unquestionably entertaining.

On the entertaining background of the semi-successful dad of the two sisters.

It was one of the most entertaining films I have seen in recent memory.

The comedy is not as over the top as Sunshine, but it is entertaining & this movie has more heart & reality than the former film.

With that said I was very surprised that Blunt's character was more compelling, more extraordinary.

None of this adds up to anything interesting, and you just end up staring at the screen, while the stock characters and their tedious conversations wash over you.

Instead of putting the viewer in touch with loss and grief and familial bonds by tightly connecting these ideas and themes, the creators opted to force extra emotion into contrived events.

It captured the boredom of a small town quite well.

Even Alan Arkin is boring as the girls' father (who looks old enough to be their grandfather).

I was truly impressed by their ability to handle the tone from every scene, even if it is a confrontation which wakes rancors from the past up, or an unexpected humorous moment.

Then why is she stuck in a going nowhere affair with her married, ex-jock high school boyfriend?

They could've shown in a brief entertaining montage sorta way what type of stuff they have to use to clean which type of mess.

Yes it's heartfelt, a tearjerker, melancholy emotional ride for some who's into soap opera type of story and it has a few laughs along the way but it's predictable and nothing that we've never seen or heard before, the only major difference is the occupation.

This is a pretty well made film which has quite a slow pace.

The actual story of Amy Adams and her clean-up business was interesting, but every story surrounding that just felt half-baked and uninteresting.

Even when Rose's precocious kid (Jason Spevack) tries to talk to heaven on a CB radio in what would normally be considered a contrived and cutesy moment, you feel like you've grown to know the character and it's just something he would do.

Amy Adams, is simply riveting.

The characters are natural and engaging.

The scene in the bathroom where they were "talking it all out" after the house fire was contrived and not genuine at all.

Also her sister Norah, whom Emily Blunt gives an awesome interpretation, leaves the sign: her inner pain disguised under a hard face proves intense and true.

So how do you make a charming, enjoyable movie about the cleanup of murder scenes?

Unfortunately the laughs stop in the second half and the family stuff is pushed to the point of being a drawn-out downer.

Yet, the film is entertaining as we watch the two sisters, Rose and Nora, come to terms with each other about their past and their current misfortunes and eventually grow while we root for them to succeed.

Life like stories are sometimes boring and arduous.

Funny, touching, and entertaining with two of the best performances ever .

This was a very enjoyable movie.

" Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) finds herself a single mother attempting to support her son Oscar (Jason Spevack) and her unreliable sister Norah (Emily Blunt) while working a mundane job as a maid.

Bottom line: the story might be about people in hardship, but that is all the drama you will find, the message being one of optimism and the plot moving away from established patterns that one would (boringly) expect in a film of this category.

Her sister Norah still lives with Dad, unable to hold down a simple job and fully immersed in her slacker lifestyle.

The dynamic between all the characters is thoroughly real and enjoyable.

Engaging .

More Like A Dull, Cloudy Day .

But their film makes trite concessions for everything it entails, since it wants to be downright neighborly about people who don't have much to be neighborly about.

The extras on the 2009 DVD include a commentary track from and producer Glenn Williamson (though surprisingly neither Jeffs nor any of the principal actors participate), and an intriguing featurette about the business of biohazard cleaning.

Conclusively, regardless of the fact that this seems a misfire of sorts in hindsight, the fact remains that I immensely enjoyed it when I was lucky enough to watch it.

Go slow with this one.

Parts of are so saccharine, and so formulaic I winced, especially the last five minutes victorious messenger-style happy ending.

Emily Blunt was noticeably enjoyable, and the the technical side of the film, while lacklustre and certainly nothing special, was competent and helped the film along.

Director Christine Jeffs ("Sylvia") gets to play with Alan Arkin as the always scheming father, a quick commentary on the disgusting "solution" of public schools tendency to require medication on less than robotic kids, emotionally empty relationships, and the absolute need of people to connect with others.

Of late, independent films seem to fall into three ruts; the quirky indie film, the contrived indie film and the quirkily contrived indie film.

Rose Lorkowski's life is going nowhere fast.

Many people might have issues with the forced ending, but the emotional detail that Blunt and Adams give to their characters makes this a film worth watching.

If you can tolerate the slow as molasses initial 30 minutes…(OK-Wait, make that as DELIBERATE as Molasses!

This movie is slow, the plot is not well developed and you are left wondering is this story going to start going somewhere.

The story is quite unusual including a mix of black humor and family comedy, of childhood trauma and post college social comment, or next door and weird characters in a beautiful and typical American surrounding on the fringe of the desert, which can be as boring as it gets or as uneasy as you cannot take it.

The problem is, it's a slow film drama with a not so well developed plot.

it's fairly entertaining,and fast paced.

Sunshine Cleaning is short, sweet and enjoyable.

And while it may not leave you gushing that it's among the greatest things you've ever seen it is a movie which is compelling, charming and enjoyable.

Entertaining Crime Scene Clean-Up Movie .

If you find yourself bored at this film count the number of connections to 2006?

A calm-mood movie which is worth watching.

"Sunshine Cleaning" is clearly a film that's unique and different from most yet the performances and chemistry of the cast of characters make it an enjoyable watch.

Has an entertaining and interesting Indie flavor story line with good casting .

The sensational Amy Adams has always been a stunning actress and she does nothing short of a fantastic job here.

Enjoyable if contrived .

It's its own movie, and has a thoroughly enjoyable, heartwarming story that will wow you with its honesty, and a definite breath of fresh air amongst this summer's noisy blockbusters.

Perhaps just a tad too dreary for such a cheery title?

The occasional "gorgeous cinematography" was overwrought and cliché ridden, such as the train-on-trellis scene.

I thought he was funny in Little Miss Sunshine but his incarnation this time really was boring.

And it's mostly a watch for the chemistry between the characters as the talented trio of Adams, Blunt, and Arkin make it an enjoyable watch.

This engaging independent film tells how two sisters in New Mexico got into the business and what happened as a consequence.

Enjoyable .

An offbeat and enjoyable little movie .

Alan Arkin essentially rehashes his Oscar-winning performance from Little Miss Sunshine, so his work feels bland and tired.

How it all comes about is a mountain of highs and lows, which makes this story entertaining and interesting.

" Director Christine Jeffs's "Sunshine Cleaning" is very unexpected, in the best way.

The supporting cast in general is given somewhat off-beat, engaging roles, leading the viewer to wonder what each of them will do next.

Unexpected Ray of Sunshine .

Mary Lynn Rajskub is just plain fascinating as the lonely lady Blunt thinks she is helping.

Sunshine Cleaners may win you over instantly, while others may see it as a slow, boring film.

An enjoyable, atypical family drama.

This is in response to the glowing reviews posted here by empty-heads who cluelessly praised this limp failure of an independent.

" and like you know life is empty, you have the strength for getting yourself killed!

My local critic suggested that the ending has been changed substantially from the original version, rendering it more palatable to what are considered main stream audiences, and certainly the ending is a little too pat (defined by my thesaurus as 'so gliby plausible as to seem contrived.

"2"'s Mary Lynn Rajskub does her "Chloe" character in a completely pointless subplot.

Perhaps the fact that while viewing it, feeling as bored and unfulfilled as I did, is down to an absence of estrogen in my system.

There's bureaucracy, nasty competitors, and unexpected hazards, not to mention the stress that naturally arises in family businesses.

Tedious .

Her son is a bit of a handful at school, her father is pretty reliable but seems to want to beat the system for his livelihood, her sister is completely unhooked from the mainstream and her own love life is going nowhere.

Hmmmmm…………… There is a thread quickly dropped of Norah having a lesbian relationship and certainly she seems pretty bored during a brief, cursory bonk with her boyfriend.

"Rain" director Christine Jeff's "Sunshine Cleaning" qualifies as an off-beat but entertaining chick flick that shuns the usual obnoxious sugarcoating.

I live there now so I enjoyed it.