Sunshine Cleaning: DVD Review
Released by Madman Entertainment
Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin
A film about cracking into the world of crime scene cleaning sounds like an
interesting premise - and one which is currently not flooding the silver
Sunshine Cleaning from New Zealand director Christine Jeffs is certainly
fresh in places - and irritating in others.
The ever wonderful Amy Adams is Rose Lorkowski, a single mother whose son is
forever getting into trouble at school.
Her unreliable sister Norah (Blunt) is flaking from one job to the next - the
pair basically want a get rich quick scheme to pull their life out of the
mundanity which has befallen them after high school promised so much.
Rose is having an affair with Steve Zahn's cop and he suggests one day
there's good money in the forensic clean up business.
Throw in an oddball father (Alan Arkin) and you have pretty much a recipe for
some quality screen time. And to a point you do.
But the central characters Rose and Norah (and to an extent Alan Arkin's
character) are quite irritating after prolonged exposure - riddled with neuroses
and character quirks, which had they been underplayed would have been
Unfortunately after about 20 minutes, they may get a bit too annoying for
Sunshine Cleaning feels in parts a lot like Little Miss Sunshine - which is
no bad thing - and it has a lot of humour throughout - Blunt and Adams are good
in their respective roles but their characters feel a little too stereotyped at
times - Adams' Rose is having a lazy affair with a cop; Blunt's Norah is too
kooky (witness her following a daughter whose wallet was found at a crime
And the pair's secretly troubled parental relationship is a story thread
which could have been seen coming a mile off.
Overall, Sunshine Cleaning feels a little bit too forced at times - whether
that's the fault of the screenplay or the director I'm not 100% sure. It's not a
bad film - it's just with such an original premise, it could have been so much
Extras: Theatrical trailer, Deleted scenes - not an
inspiring selection for a film with such a great central cast.