January 21, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

As new cutesy indies are popping up at Sundance to that unsuspecting studios can buy their own shot at a “Little Miss Sunshine”-style success, a film that played last year’s Sundance is finally coming to theatres. “Sunshine Cleaning” fits that “indie” bill perfectly in that it’s not really an independent film but it’s a small-budgeted film. If I make a movie, it’s indie because I can’t get Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, or Alan Arkin to star in it.

We have the poster below and I wish it highlighted their messy business better. Instead, it just comes off as bland even with the “crime scene” yellow tape. The real-doll expression on Adams face doesn’t help.

For those just tuning in, here’s a brief plot synopsis:

Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah, (Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes.

Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other…specialized situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to the joys and challenges of being there for one another–no matter what–while creating a brighter future for the entire Lorkowski family.

“Sunshine Cleaning” opens March 13th.

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