The highlight is Clifton Collins Jr. The film is very much about feelings, sorry, no blood and guts here, unless it's already on a wall, of course. After seeing quite a few espionage-type duds lately, this movie is a fresh surprise. It is neither of these things. And because of that, the movie works.
One thing that stuck out for me about the film was that it offers a look at real working-class people doing real work, and does so in a respectful manner. I am not very fond with the American indie movie scene at the moment. I think they should have warned people. 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. She asks herself the same question.
The naysayers toward this film are either wrongly comparing it to Little Miss Sunshine or went into it expecting a comedy filled with pratfalls as Blunt and Adams go about cleaning up gory, blood-soaked crime scenes. It is funny and wonderfully quirky. Oscar is having problems in school, displaying anti-social behavior such as licking his teacher's leg. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Plans fall apart when Norah accidentally ignites a house she was cleaning while Rose attends a baby shower for a friend. Through a less than professional police connection of Rose's Steve Zahn they come to start a crime scene cleanup service called Sunshine Cleaning and while they sought money, they ended up finding something more profound. This pushes them to confront the personal problems and family secrets that have left them wounded and alienated from one another.
She takes off when the spooks give him nightmares and the popcorn gives him stomach cramps. The many post-death scenes include disturbing shots of things like pools of blood on ceilings, floors, and walls; human flesh awaiting clean up; and a brief flash of a suicide victim awaiting discovery. No one reviews movies like you do. Now she's a single mom struggling to stay afloat as an underpaid maid. Norah is the younger sister, still living at home with dad Alan Arkin and too irresponsible to even hold on to a waitressing job.
Those are definitely weaknesses in the film, but the laughs, giggles and plenty of good dramatic moments make up for it. In between cleaning sequences, melodrama is needlessly introduced. The slow moving undeveloped plot never got off the ground and crashed on the runway. The sisterly relationship between Rose and Norah is note-perfect: the underlying resentments, the frustrations, the little bonding moments are all conveyed in the smallest gestures and looks from the film's talented stars, Adams and Blunt. Rose enlists Norah's help in starting their own business. Their characters never fall to any deprecating indie quirks, and are fully realized individuals. How can you make a feel-good movie about murder-scene clean-ups? First, the cast is great, with Adams, Blunt and Arkin delivering terrific performances, ones worthy of honors.
How the movie leaves loose plot strings all over the place. Might not be enough of a story for those who need every question answered in over-elaborate melodrama, but is just a nice film for everyone else. A number of blood pools dot different floor surfaces. The film's setting is New Mexico and is beautifully filmed. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges.
Although the storyline looks as if it would be a black comedy with the opening sequence, the movie settles down to a more modern setting dealing with the social realities of a single mom and her family. And Alan Arkin is exceptional as ever, even if he's not the main role here. Because it had a focus and solid characters. Interesting characters and engaging performances take you through an entertaining slice of life story. It's reported that he's licking things, including the teacher's leg.
Watching this film is like Adams and Blunt are pretty and decent. And the crime scene cleanup business does not work out the character's or the family's issues. There is nothing wrong with adventure thrillers about high crimes and misdemeanors, about the far-too-well-to-do, and about easy lives, but it is heartening to see hard-scrabble work valued, not just as a barrier to be overcome but as a thing that has intrinsic value and that does real good. I wouldn't put up with half the stuff she does but her character is most unusual and is drawn with enough depth to make it real. Desperate to go to a baby shower hosted by an old classmate, Rose leaves the 7-year-old boy with a relative stranger at a cleaning supply store. Considering it stars Emily Blunt, Amy Adams and Alan Arkin I expected fireworks and ticker-tape parades. Once the head cheerleader with the quarterback boyfriend, Rose Lorkowski Amy Adams is a thirty-something single mother, barely making ends meet as a housekeeper.
There are some cute scenes and some touching scenes; but this film leaves many, many questions unanswered. As she's done with previous roles as a nun and a real-life Disney princess, Adams brings loads of warmth and empathy to her role. Overall, the movie looks at how the sisters essentially use their business to try and deal with their own family history. Amy Adams is like a princess looking for a frog in a world of ogres. In fact, the two sisters seem to find redemption through the suffering and comic misadventures their characters endure. It's funny, touching, quirky and authentic. It had great acting, writing, and was filmed beautifully.