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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 April 2009 (USA)
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In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.

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A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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life's a messy business.

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Rated R for language, disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Günisigi temizleme sirketi  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£125,795 (UK) (26 June 2009)

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$12,055,108 (USA) (3 July 2009)
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The filmmakers have said in interviews their story is based on a 2001 National Public Radio "All Things Considered" report about two women in the Seattle suburbs who started a biohazard removal/cleaning service. They are best friends, not sisters. See more »

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Amy Adams shines
22 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After my recent débâcle with H.P. and the H.B.P., I needed to get my mind out of a rut to continue watching films. Sunshine Cleaning doesn't disappoint - not one bit. Amy Adams is absolutely wonderful in the film, and I wouldn't be surprised if she got a nomination for portraying Rose. The casting was I believe the key for this film and it was bang on. Kind of reminds you of Little Miss Sunshine - from what I have read the team was involved - with the van also being a central figure apart from the characters. Although the storyline looks as if it would be a black comedy with the opening sequence, the movie settles down to a more modern setting dealing with the social realities of a single mom and her family. Watch it for Amy Adams. 7/10.


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