Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sunshine Cleaning

I picked up this movie on Sunday night because I was feeling pressured at the RedBox. Do you ever use RedBox? It's a nerve-wracking experience, let me tell you. Basically, it's a vending machine for movies, but in order to choose a movie you have to scroll through a dozen screens with tiny jpegs of video box graphics and try to make a decision on how to spend the next two hours of your life while an entire line-up of people behind you tap their feet and clear their throats in impatience! Yikes. Okay, it's not that bad, but I do feel pressured when someone is waiting in line behind me. And that's how I happened across Sunshine Cleaning. It was a quick pick because I couldn't stand to make the gentleman behind me wait another second.

"From the makers of Little Miss Sunshine" is the tag that caught my eye, and though I didn't have very high expectations for this Sundance crowd pleaser, I ended up loving it. It's touching and sweet, filled with moments of humor and enough tear-jerking power to make me reach for the Kleenex box more than once. I loved Rose and Norah (actually, all the characters), and how they willingly entered into the pain of strangers, using their own past sorrows to bring hope and comfort in heartbreaking situations. A beautiful, beautiful movie.

Have you seen it? If not, I hope you check it out! And if you do, let me know what you think.

A synopsis:
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. Once the head cheerleader in school with plenty of prospects, Rose now has little to show for her years, and while she still sees the former lead football player (Steve Zahn), it is little more than a despondent affair. When Oscar is expelled from public school, Rose takes a job as a bio-hazard crime-scene cleaner to help pay for a private education, and brings Norah on to help in her steadily growing business. As the sisters work to clean up the messes left behind by the chaotic lives of others, they must learn to reconcile their own differences and overcome a troubled past if they hope to prosper in their newfound venture.


  1. I TOTALLY understand the pressure of the RedBox...people behind you grunt and slap their legs and mumble...quite un-nerving as you are at the mercy of a touch screen that doesn't always work right!

    I didn't realize that the makers of Little Miss Sunshing did this one or that would have sold me as I laugh my tail off at that one!!! Thanks for the review...helped make up my mind!

  2. Hubby and I just watched it on Saturday night! I loved it. I love that actresss (I love her so much I can't think of her name - the redheaded one). The scene where they're removing that mattress and Norah falls on it. That was so classic.

  3. Did you guys know you can go online and reserve movies online and then all you have to do is go to the store and pick them up. It's really great for those of us who like to read through each and every one before deciding. Sunshine cleaning sounds like a good one, though probably one I will have to watch without the hubby. I watched Slumdog Millionaire this past weekend which was also a very good movie. I would try to tell you about it but I always give people to much information when I do that. You can to go to read the synopsis! Ha! Ha!

  4. Hey Heather... Thanks for that heads up about reserving online!!! I had no clue you could do that and as I AM one who has to read everything, it would really save me some "a-hems" from popping up behind me!!