A thirtysomething single mother whose boundless potential was squandered through a series of failed relationships and a misguided effort to help her younger sister succeed in life finds the fruits of her labors finally coming together in director Christine Jeffs' dark family comedy. Back in high school, the future looked pretty bright for Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams); not only was she the cheerleading captain, but she was also dating the star quarterback. Flash forward a little over a decade, and Rose is working overtime in hopes of getting her son into a better school. Her sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their father, Joe (Alan Arkin), a failed salesman whose penchant for jumping into get-rich-quick schemes has left the family without a financial net to fall back on. Rose may be down, but she certainly isn't out, and when she hatches a plan to launch a crime-scene cleanup business, the money starts rolling in. Sure, cleaning up murder scenes and suicide sites may not be the most glamorous job in the world, but death is a fairly profitable business, and as the phone keeps ringing, Rose and Norah finally begin to experience the closeness of sisterhood that has eluded them all these years while also providing their family with true security.~Jason Buchanan
Audio commentary featuring writer Megan Holley and producer Glenn Williamson
This interesting comedy-drama deals with a single mother (Amy Adams) who, wishing to send her son to a private school, quits her job and, with her underachieving sister (Emily Blunt), forms the company Sunshine Cleaning, which cleans up after crime scenes.
Although I somehow doubt creating such a business is as easy as this film makes it out to be, the stars keep things lively, especially Alan Arkin as the ladies' father.
This is an interesting story that captures the audience and provides some twists and turns along the way. Overall, I believe the story could have been told without the profanity and raunchy stuff, and still get the point accross, but I guess that's up to the director. It would have been an interesting comedy/family movie had it not been for the adult elements, and the themes about family, priorities, and trying to make money can be enjoyed by most.
Overall, it's an okay movie to get when it's on sale.