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SUNSHINE CLEANING

Rose, once the most popular girl in high school, has a 7-year-old son named Oscar (Jason Spevack) and now works as a maid. Younger sister Norah is the edgier one, a party girl who lives with dad Joe (Alan Arkin). Rose`s policeman lover Mac (Steve Zahn) mentions one day how much money can be made in the unsavoury specialised business of crime scene cleanup and Rose decides that it is the perfect enterprise to pay for better education for his son. She ropes in Norah to help and the two sisters get more than they bargained for.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 9 Jul 2009
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin
Director: Christine Jeffs
Format: NA

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Writer: Lai Swee Wei

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Watch this if you liked: “Little Miss Sunshine”

"Suicide... It's a good thing," as said by Emily Blunt in this film and may have been a good idea for this reviewer. Don't be deceived by the cheerful title of "Sunshine Cleaning" when the tale revolves around two desperate sisters, Rose and Norah who decides to make a living by cleaning up crime scenes. A bloody affair, but somebody has to do it. Heck, eventually the girls discover something far deeper than just cleaning up the mess - helping people cope better with the passing of their loved one. Least it makes the job sound less gruesome and maid-like.

Former high school popular cheerleader, Rose is a single mom raising an intelligent seven-year-old seems to have her life at a stand-still. She works as a cleaning lady and is in a shabby affair with a married cop, Steve Zahn who is her former high school sweetheart.

Plenty of issues surround this movie, Rose and Norah struggles with their new cleaning company ironically named Sunshine Cleaning, Rose continues her affair with a married cop, Norah keeps in contact with a deceased lady's daughter to break the news of her mother's death, Rose's son behaves awkwardly after listening to horror stories made-up by Norah, their father - well, nothing much, but he does some good somewhere. The story has quirky characters with emotional and humoristic elements here and there. However, it leaves this reviewer feeling flat as no climax could be felt.

Thankfully, a ray of sunshine can be found and it comes in the form of Amy Adams who plays the main character Rose. The "Ella Enchanted" star has always seemed so genuine in her performance, projecting honesty, integrity, vulnerability and strength into Rose's character. This bubbly girl here can morph from a Disney chick to a single mother with emotional issues. Emily Blunt does well as a rebellious yet helpful sister and Clifton Collins Jr, a one-armed man who owns a cleaning store exudes a sweet charm, adding a good dimension for Adam's possibly new prospect.

"Sunshine Cleaning" needs some cleaning up to do because the story itself seemed dull.

Cinema Online, 08 July 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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