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Last 3 reviews on Sunshine Cleaning [DVD] [2009]

  1. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A different film with a nice feel to it, 9 Dec. 2009
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    Paul (Cheshire, UK) –
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    This review is from: Sunshine Cleaning [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
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    If I were to sum up this film in a single word, it would be ‘grower’, but it’s definitely one which I’d watch again.

    The film starts off sort of slowly, introducing the various characters. If you’ve seen ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, then the father figure in ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ is somewhat a similar character to the Grandfather in that film, but that’s no bad thing at all.

    It took me a while to initially figure out what was going on in this story – and without giving too much away, the second half of the film is where everything starts to come together. There are sections during the first half where you start to wonder if the film is about discovering yourself, love-lost or something else entirely, but at least it keeps you on your toes!

    The two sisters in the lead roles play excellent parts and work very well together. I also think that there’s some seriously good acting from Amy Adams in particular; her unravelling and messed-up life, which comes to the fore in the first half of the film, slowly starts to fix herself in the second-half.

    There’s a really nice ending too.

    If you liked ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ then you’ll really like this – it’s a totally different film, but the dialogue and the characters work really well. Recommended.

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  2. 26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth watching, 23 July 2009
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    PJ Rankine (Wallington, Surrey United Kingdom) –
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    This review is from: Sunshine Cleaning [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
    Ok, first a confession, I only got this because it stars Amy Adams and as ever she doesn’t disappoint. The story line is simple and deals with a single mother and her disfunctional sister (Emily Blunt) who set up a cleaning company dealing with crime scenes. It starts slowly and had it not been for Amy I would probably have given up but stick with it. Amy and Emily give first class performances as ordinary girls coping with their disappointing lives. This is the sort of film that gives your soul a little lift.
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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    “People don’t realize the safety risks involved with the removal of blood and body fluids.”, 16 Jun. 2010
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    Trevor Willsmer (London, England) –
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    This review is from: Sunshine Cleaning [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
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    Sunshine Cleaning is one of those indie movies that feels, in its own way, as contrived and trite as any mainstream Hollywood product without much in the way of compensating entertainment value. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are the stereotypical chalk-and-cheese sisters in need of money who come up with the idea of getting into the messy but lucrative business of cleaning up crime scenes, which should provide a few laughs before the character insights kick in. Only in this instance they don’t. The characters are too thinly drawn for either actress to make much of an impression, with the supporting cast – Alan Arkin’s ‘amateur’ salesman on the road with Adams’ son, Steve Zahn’s cop cheating on his wife with Adams, Clifton Collins Jr’s one-armed cleaning supplies salesman – faring only slightly better as they go through their rather predictable paces in a script that just seems to be ticking boxes. There are a few promising moments, but there’s little sense that the film is going anywhere or that the trip, while painless, is going to be worthwhile, the film just ambling along like a Lifetime TV movie with a few added cuss words. It’s watchable, but it’s the kind of film you can leave on while you’re doing the cleaning without worrying about missing anything important.

    The DVD has a decent but unexciting extras package – a dry audio commentary with plenty of dead air, a featurette on the real crime scene cleaners who inspired the film and UK and US trailers – and a decent 2.35:1 transfer.

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