15 September 2014

Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning 2008
  • Director: Christine Jeffs
  • Based on novel: No
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Clifton Collins Jr., Mary Lynn Rabskub
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Amy Adams  Tenacious D, Junebug, Catch Me If You Can
    • Emily Blunt – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Young Victoria, The Jane Austen Book Club, My Summer of Love
    • Alan Arkin – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Little Miss Sunshine, Gattaca, Grosse Point Blank, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Catch 22, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    • Steve Zahn – Riding in Cars with Boys, Hamlet, Happy Texas, You’ve Got Mail, SubUrbia, Reality Bites
    • Clifton Collins, Jr. – Traffic, Dead Presidents
    • Mary Lynn Rabskub – Flight of the Conchords, Punch Drunk Love
  • Why? Emily Blunt. Sounded good.
  • Seen:  September 7, 2014
Both Hal and I have worked as cleaners.  It wasn’t a bad job but it wears on the shoulders and back. We cleaned municipal day care centres though, not murder scenes.  Our cleaning jobs were easier. No blood on yucky mattresses, no chopped off fingers, no piles of rotten food, no maggots.
Two sisters. Norah - just fired from a waitressing job.  Rose - desperate for a higher paying cleaning job than in people’s homes, especially the homes of old high school classmates. So they start a “post-mortem specialised cleaning company”. It’s not only yucky but there are all kinds of laws about throwing away bloody things and stuff. And permits are required.
Rose has trouble with self-esteem, an overly smart son with problems and a married boyfriend. Norah, an almost unrecognizable Emily Blunt as a black-eye-make-up dope-smoking Goth, is a tough chick who grieves for her dead mother. Their dad is a supportive old geezer who’s more trouble than the kid.
It’s a bit sugar-coated but it does touch some of life’s dark sides. It approaches the kind of quirkiness British films do so apparently without effort and the acting is good.  Especially Emily Blunt. Bu then, she’s British.
It’s worth seeing. And the cat is pretty.

3 ½ * of 5

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