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SUNSHINE CLEANING (2008)


Director: Christine Jeffs

Writer (WGA): Megan Holley

Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Clifton Collins Jr., Eric Christian Olsen, Paul Dooley...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):
Rated R for language, disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use.

Runtime: 91 min

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

It's a very long 91 minutes, with few comedic touches. I'm not saying the movie wasn't watchable or boring, just not what I expected.

The basic premise is a single mom, struggling to care for her young son, juggle an affair with her married-to-another-woman high school sweetheart, while dealing with the rest of her dysfunctional family (a father with grandiose promises and lame schemes to achieve them and an unreliable younger sister who can't seem to keep a job) takes on the potentially lucrative job of biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up. (Her cop lover connects her with customers through his investigations.)

From the movie trailers, I expected a lighter, funnier crime scene related story line. Instead, the real story is more along the lines of how a hard working single mom comes to terms with her life and the obstacles that life presents. The story is well told and there are several very poignant moments -- like the scenes when the cleaning "crew" (the two sisters) arrive to deal with a suicide and discover a distraught elderly woman sitting outside the house where her husband has just killed himself.

There are several humorous scenes, just don't expect this to be a comedy about cleaning up crime scenes.

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