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Sunshine Cleaning (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 98 minutes.
Not for children.
This is no comedy. It inspires as many tears
as laughter. But what it is, is an amazing tour de force by three of the
most accomplished actresses of their generation, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt,
and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Rose Lorkowski (Adams) is
a single mom with a misunderstood child. Her sister, Norah (Blunt) is a
ne’er do well still living at home with their father Joe (Alan Arkin), a
salesman who never was very successful at selling anything. Rose is
having an affair with a married cop, Mac (Steve Zahn), who recommends
that she quit her job as a maid and go into the crime clean-up scene
business. It’s disgusting and bloody, but Rose convinces Norah to go
into it with her.
The result is intended, I guess, to be funny. But
this movie is much more poignant than funny. I might have chuckled a few
times at Blunt, but tears welled more often than laughter tingling, as
director Christine Jeffs has taken Megan Holley’s screenplay and turned
it into a film whose main feature is the exceptional acting of the cast.
Adams, for my money, is the
best actress to hit the silver screen since, well, since
invented the movies. Her facial expressions capture every emotion. I’ve
never seen a better actress.
This is the story of middle class people struggling
to make ends meet. It’s not uplifting, but it is entertaining. Producer
Peter Saraf says it best, “People are going to want to see ‘Sunshine
Cleaning’ primarily because it’s a great move with a phenomenal cast. It
is a movie that is entertaining and has an emotional payoff. That’s what
I, as a moviegoer, want. I want to come out feeling either energized or
changed in some way, or just really looking at things in a new way. And
along the way I want to laugh.”
Well, I didn’t laugh much, but I’m glad I took the