Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Sunshine Cleaning

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Sunshine Cleaning

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SUNSHINE CLEANING

Directed by Christine Jeffs and Megan Holley (Overture Films, 2009)

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Christine Jeffs and Megan Holley's touching film about a spunky but dysfunctional family on economic and emotional skids is something of a misfit--part fairy tale about two lovely but cursed sisters and part dark comedy about the underside of the American Dream. But maybe a film about misfits should have some of the same unpolished and uneven feel of its characters, inviting exasperation and compassion in response to folks more like us than we would like to think.

In a rundown Albuquerque where most folks are decidedly not "above average," former prom queen Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) awakes each morning to find her dreams of happily ever after replaced with a daylight nightmare in which her Prince Charming (Steve Zahn) married another princess, and Rose is a single morn Cinderella cleaning other people's suburban castles.

Desperate to escape this nightmare and to raise the private school tuition for her precocious son, Oscar, Rose enlists her brooding goth sister, Norah (Emily Blunt) in a startup company that cleans up after homicides and suicides. …

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