Sunshine Cleaning

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Director:
Christine Jeffs
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 American comedy-drama film by director Christine Jeffs, starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Jason Spevack, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Steve Zahn, and Alan Arkin. When thirty-something-year-old single mother Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) is told that hse must either put her rambunctious son, Oscar (Jason Spevack) on Attention Deficit Disorder medication or send him to a private school, she finds herself short on cash. Mac (Steve Zahn), Rose's ex-high-school-sweetheart and currently married lover, suggests that she go into the crime scene cleanup business to make the money she needs to pay her son's tuition. Together with her under-motivated going-nowhere sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), Rose start Sunshine Cleaning. A touching film about love, death, family, and priorities, the film was both critically and commercially well-received. Sunshine Cleaning won a 2009 Casting Society of America award and received nominations for a 2008 Grand Jury Prize and a 2008 Satellite Award.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    A smartly done morality tale that couldn't be more in sync with these troubled times.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Director Christine Jeffs, who previously helmed "Rain" and "Sylvia," tries to strike a balance between the yarn's dark currents and offbeat comedy, but the result is often uneasy, ...

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    All in all, it's a mess, and much as Ms. Blunt pouts, Ms. Adams twinkles, and Mr. Arkin growls, there's nothing they can do to clean it up.

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    Comedy, Drama

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