Movie review: "Sunshine Cleaning"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Christine Jeffs' indie dramedy takes a somewhat lighter look at economic misery and desperate circumstances.

Amy Adams' Rose, a maid-for-hire grappling with an over-imaginative son who needs private schooling and the notion that her best years ended when she graduated from high school, decides to follow the advice of the married cop (Steve Zahn) she's sleeping with and go into the lucrative field of crime-scene cleanup.

For backup, she enlists her ne'er-do-well sister Norah (Emily Blunt), who's still living with dad (Alan Arkin) and fixated on the early childhood tragedy of mother's suicide.

As Jeffs and screenwriter Megan Holley attempt to generate a few laughs while locking in on viewers' emotional buttons, their trajectory feels remarkably contrived. The strongly talented cast is almost enough to bring genuine life to the story, but in the end, they seem more stuck than their characters.

Sunshine Cleaning

Grade: C+