Friday, March 27, 2009

3/23/09: Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, both seen most recently in Charlie Wilson's War, team up in this black comedy as sisters who launch a business cleaning up homes, hotel rooms and retail stores where a bloody crime has been committed—often a suicide. Rose (Adams) and Norah (Blunt) lost their mother to suicide as children, and they both deal with that loss in different ways as they scrub bloodstains out of the bathroom tile and grout. Rose, who has a young son and a married boyfriend, is the marginally more grounded of the two, while Norah is a flighty, irresponsible wreck—a second cousin of Anne Hathaway's character in Rachel Getting Married. The strong ensemble cast includes Mary Lynn Rajskub and Alan Arkin, the latter of whom appeared in the producers' previous film, Little Miss Sunshine. This charmingly oddball flick is the more rewarding of the two Sunshines; all of the performers shine, but Amy Adams is the real draw for me. She's simply superb. Rating: 4/5.

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