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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

R | | 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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Storyline

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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17 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Günisigi temizleme sirketi  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$219,190 (USA) (13 March 2009)

Gross:

$12,055,108 (USA) (3 July 2009)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Norah and Lynn are at the party, Norah passes the joint to a guy next to Lynn. She does not get it back, but she can be seen smoking it in the following shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Talking Deer Head: Attention all fellow deer. If you find deer feed in the middle of the forest, be a bit suspicious.
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Connections

References Centipede (1980) See more »

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Yeh Dil Nah Hota
Performed by Sachin Dev Burman (as S.D. Burman)
Written by Sachin Dev Burman (as S.D. Burman) and Majrooh Sultanpuri (as Sultanpuri Majrooh)
Courtesy of Saregana India
by arrangement with BOK Music
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Underdog
6 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie in a sneak Preview, so I had no idea, what I had to expect from this. The title is not giving away too much, which I will respect, so if you want to read something about the story, read the summary here on this site.

The acting in this is really great, but some might have a problem with the pace of the movie. It moves along slowly and it's not "in your face" funny, but more a subtle kind of humor (most of the times). It's actually more a drama than a comedy. And Alan Arkin is exceptional as ever, even if he's not the main role here. With a few up and downs, this nice little film has a winning charm, that is worth a view.


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