Sunshine Cleaning (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on June 21, 2011

26. Sunshine Cleaning (available for viewing on Netflix Instant Watch)

I watched a few things this weekend, including a movie called Black Death that I will have to try and get my husband to write about. The last thing I watched was a little movie called Sunshine Cleaning, that I had heard about when it came out and had always been slightly interested in.

So Rose (Amy Adams) and Norah (Emily Blunt) are sisters struggling with life.  Rose has a son who has just been kicked out of school, and Norah has been fired from her job.  Naturally, Rose is banging her high-school boyfriend (who is married to someone else) and since he’s a cop, suggests that she starts cleaning up crime scenes and other locations where there is a mess left over after someone has died.

Rose quickly immerses herself in getting jobs, bringing Norah along with her.  Meanwhile, Rose’s son is still not in school and he’s hanging out with her Dad (who is planning to get rich selling shrimp that fell off a truck) or the one-armed guy who sells industrial-strength cleaning supplies and also builds models. Norah ends up interacting with the daughter of someone whose remains they cleaned up because she felt obligated to research the people in photos she found in the dead woman’s fanny pack.

Yeah, sounds weird right?

I liked this movie. It made me quite sad in parts, made me laugh in parts, and made me yell at the TV. The yelling means that I’m sort of invested, so that’s a good sign.  I probably won’t be out buying the DVD anytime soon, but I would definitely recommend it as something to watch.

Sunshine Cleaning is available on DVD from Amazon for $6.99.

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