September 26, 2009

#040: Sunshine Cleaning

     Sorry it has been over 2 weeks since my last post. I seriously haven't watched a single movie in the past couple weeks. We went to Kansas City, so I completely missed a weekend of movie watching. I have had the same two movies from Netflix for a long time so I decided to get rid of one of them by watching Sunshine Cleaning last night, and here are my thoughts.
     Amy Adams stars as Rose, a 30 something house-cleaning maid that just can't seem to get her life together. Her married sex buddy slash cop tells her that the people who clean up the crime scenes make lots of money, and suggests she get into that line of business. Rose and her younger sister start up Sunshine Cleaning, and try to make their fledgling business succeed.
     Sunshine Cleaning is one of those indie type movies that played at the Sundance film festival. It had the same feel as Little Miss Sunshine. Alan Arkin was even in Sunshine Cleaning, playing a very similar role. The main reason I watched this movie is to see Amy Adams, and she is definitely the best thing about it. She does a very good job playing her character. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a departure from her normal role. Emily Blunt, who plays the younger sister, also did a good job. The problem I had with the movie is what these actresses were given to say and do. This movie wants to be serious and emotional, but it came across a little awkward and heavy handed. The ending really wants to elicit feelings, but it wasn't working for me. Overall it was a weak movie that is watchable because of the good acting. It was much more of a "girl" movie than I thought it would be. I mean, a girl would have an easier time connecting with the characters and getting into the story. As a guy, I did not. I would not recommend it; the movie felt kinda pointless. However, if you are an Amy Adams fan I would probably suggest you watch it anyway.


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