Redemption Through Suffering
Release Date: March 13, 2009
Starring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan
Arkin, Jason Spevack, Steve
Zahn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and
Clifton Collins, Jr.
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Overture Films/Starz
Director: Christine Jeffs
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Jeb Brody, Peter Saraf, Marc
Turtletaub, and Glenn
Writer: Megan Holley
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(Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment)
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The movie stars Amy Adams of ENCHANTED as Rose Lorkowski, a 33-year-old single mother working as a maid. Rose’s younger sister, Norah (played by Emily Blunt), has trouble keeping a job and is still living with their father, Joe (played by Alan Arkin), a salesman with a history of ill-fated sales schemes.
Rose’s married lover and high school sweetheart, Mac, a police detective, suggests to Rose that she go into the lucrative crime cleanup business. Rose cajoles Norah into helping her. Ironically, the messy business of cleaning up after suicides, murders and other corpses gives both sisters feelings of self-worth they never had. Challenges arise along the way, however. This pushes them to confront the personal problems and family secrets that have left them wounded and alienated from one another.
SUNSHINE CLEANING is a funny, insightful character study of two sympathetic losers. The cast, led by Amy Adams, seems to be having a lot of fun with their characters, but they know when to underscore the script’s dramatic highpoints. The story ends on a light, redemptive note that includes some positive, overt Christian references. In fact, the two sisters seem to find redemption through the suffering and comic misadventures their characters endure. Before that, however, the movie contains plenty of strong foul language, sexual references, some lying, marijuana use in one scene, and other mature subject matter (see the CONTENT section above for a summary). The movie’s redemptive aspects are poignant, but its adult content requires extreme caution.
SUNSHINE CLEANING is a funny, insightful character study of two sympathetic losers. The movie ends on a light, redemptive note that includes some positive, overt Christian references. Before that, the movie contains plenty of strong foul language, sexual references, some lying, and other mature subject matter. The movie’s redemptive aspects are poignant, but its adult content requires extreme caution.