Sunshine Cleaning – This movie didn’t get a lot of press, at least not to my knowledge as I had never heard of the movie or seen any trailers or commercials for it. Usually when I come across a movie like this I revert to a B or C movie watching state of mind; looking for times when the acting makes something serious funny, or when the plot gets so ridiculous it loses any sense it might have had. With Sunshine Cleaning, however, as soon as it started I knew I was in for a treat.
The increasingly popular Amy Adams starred along side Emily Blunt. Amy Adams was in “June Bug” and “Doubt”, two movies which I believe shows her A list acting talent. As for Emily Blunt I’ve only seen her in “The Devil Wears Prada” and really felt she complimented Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway nicely. Her role in that movie could have been forgotten among the leading actresses but clearly I remembered it.
Within the first five minutes I was out of my B or C movie watching state of mind and felt as though I had just stumbled across a gem, but not one without imperfections. The movie deals with family dysfunction, insecurity and broken dreams. Similar to the issues dealt with in “Little Miss Sunshine” making it the best comparison for this, Sunshine Cleaning. The movie kept my attention for its entire duration; however, there were multiple slow points. In addition to that, it has an overall darker tone because of plot surrounding itself around death, more specifically its cleanup. These are the main reasons I can see why this movie didn’t really get any exposure, even though I think it should have gotten at least some exposure. I believe “Little Miss Sunshine” got more exposure because of its lighthearted almost comical tone despite the presence of death in that movie as well.
Finally, I liked how that movie tied up loose ends at the end as well as let some remain untied. There was even a slight twist that at first caught me off guard, but wasn’t so obscure or plot altering that I wasn’t able to see what was going to happen next. If you’re out looking for a quirky movie to rent with your gal pal, give this movie a try.
Rating: A quirky talented underexposed movie