Sunshine Cleaning – Movie Review

Sunshine Cleaning

Plot: 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? (Source: IMDb)

My Thoughts: When I first read the plot of this movie, I was immediatly intrigued by it. I had high hopes because it had high ratings and rave reviews all over the internet and in print. So going into the movie I already formed an opinion, that it was going to be a great movie. My hopes were not let down, not in the least. There are certain parts of this movie that will absolutely grab your heart and squeeze it and not let go no matter what. Due to the serious subject matter of the movie some people may be turned away from it because they feel that it will just depress them. Surprisingly, there are certain parts of this movie that are simple, fun loving and comical. Things like playful banter between the sisters, antics down by the young boy Oscar, and things their dad will say to them.

I knew that this movie would be sad, so I can’t say I didn’t expect to cry, I sat watching this movie, tearing up because of the struggles that these people go through when they lose someone. The pain and suffering the people expireance. The people in this movie, acting out the roles bring out these emotions so simply, it cuts down deep into your core making you feel for these people.

I would rate this movie a 5 out of 5. Yes I felt that this movie was good enough for a perfect score, because of the acting, the originality of the story, and the passion by all of the people in the movie. Due to the sadness, and subject matter of this movie, it is clearly not for everyone. Which is also why the movie is rated R.


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