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Sunshine Cleaning

6.81 h 31 min2009X-Ray15
Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski now finds herself a 30-something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah is still living at home with their dad Joe, a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes.
Christine Jeffs
Amy AdamsEmily BluntAlan Arkin
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Jason SpevackSteve ZahnClifton Collins Jr.Mary Lynn RajskubKevin ChapmanEric Christian OlsenAmy RedfordChristopher DempseyJudith JonesVic BrowderPaul Dooley
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4.2 out of 5 stars

409 global ratings

  1. 59% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
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The ParagonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
More dramatic than funny
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Dramatic but a bit too fraught to be funny. Although there are solid performances from the incomparable Emily Blunt and always awesome Amy Adams, you really need to be in the right frame of mind to watch a film about people who clean up blood and such from crime scenes.
Diverting enough but I don't think I'm in the right frame of mind for it.
Four VioletsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
Too much syrup on the pancake
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It isn't the fault of the excellent cast that this fails to satisfy.

Emily Blunt is particularly good as Norah, one of two sisters down on their luck, in dead end jobs, while Rose (Amy Adams) is a single mother. Their father has a string of get-rich-quick schemes which are supposed to be amusing but are actually peculiar and embarrassing. Meanwhile Rose takes her troubled son out of school but her plans for him go no further than dumping him with said peculiar father.
When the girls start, then finish, being Sunshine Cleaners, mopping up gory crime scenes, I was hoping for a nice resolution to all their problem scenarios, but that doesn't really happen. There is far too much concentration on mawkish sentimentality, contrived situations to wring the last drop of emotion out ("sad" "cute" "funny") and I felt so manipulated I dug my heels in and refused to care about any of them by the end. Perhaps Americans prefer more syrup heaped on their pancakes than the British.
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OharannReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Real Feel Good Film
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I loved this movie. The cast were brilliant and let's face it had Alan Arkin so what's not to like. I would have liked to know if anything developed between Rose and Winston though. I thought they made a lovely couple.
This film held me from beginning to end. Sometimes I didn't know whether to laugh or cry or both.
H.A.B.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boooooooring ....
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another dreadful movie , which no-one needs ...
after the first 10 minutes I started to fast boring ..

dont buy it even as a PRIME MEMBER one doesn't watch it ...
MissyMoonBeamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Warts and all
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This is such a great film. It has the same feel as that of 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Juno', for example. Hollywood doesn't go in for many 'character' driven films, it's usually big blockbusters with big names and even bigger special effects, so it makes a change to find a movie coming out of Hollywood that concentrates more on the storyline and the characters that drive it, than showcasing Hollywood itself.

Emily Blunt, Amy Adams and Alan Arkin are brilliant. This film is honest, quirky and darkly humourous, with not a drop of sickly sweet sentmentality in sight. It pulls the heart strings because of its ability to show us who we are....warts and all.

An excellent film that should be in your collection.
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Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
loved it........ it was a warm film
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What a lovely film, had its dark humour, lovely touching moments and a very unique story line, was a wonderful unexpected find of a movie. Really really worth watching.
SueMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem of a film!
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Great story, brilliantly played with some laugh out loud moments as well as some genuinely touching scenes. Watched it on Prime and enjoyed it so much that I bought the DVD!
CelticMistReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sunshine moments - very enjoyable
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A fabulous enjoyable movie. Great storyline and well presented. We both enjoyed it immensely and would watch it again.
Amy Adams is a joy to watch and plays this story in the best possible light.
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