Amy Adams and Emily Blunt star as siblings Rose and Norah Lorkowski, in the likable, but slight Indy film,.
Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Adams) now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. To make matters worse, her love life consists of motel trysts with a married cop, played by Steve Zahn. Her slacker sister Norah (Blunt) is still living at home with their dad Joe, (the always dependable Alan Arkin) a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other…specialized situations. (It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.)
“Sunshine Cleaning” wants to be “,” and though it doesn’t quite make the grade, it offers a refreshing take on sibling dynamics. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to the joys and challenges of being there for one another — no matter what — while creating a brighter future for the entire Lorkowski family.
“Cleaning” features a fine ensemble, including Jason Spevack as Rose’s son Oscar, who tries to get answers from God via a CB radio, Zahn, Mary Lynn Rajskub as a wounded and forlorn woman befriended by Blunt, and particularly Clifton Collins Jr., (“Capote”) as Winston, a one-armed model airplane builder/bio-waste store manager who befriends Rose. (Running Time:Â 1 hr. 32 min.Â MPAA Rating: R for language, disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use.)
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