SUNSHINE CLEANING

Sunshine Cleaning will inevitably draw comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine—for its cheery title, suicide jokes, dysfunctional family, and casting of Alan Arkin. But in place of children's beauty pageants, Cleaning immerses us in the world of human-remains removal.

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Lacey Terrell

Photograph courtesy of Murphy PR

Sunshine Cleaning will inevitably draw comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine—for its cheery title, suicide jokes, dysfunctional family, and casting of Alan Arkin. But in place of children's beauty pageants, Cleaning immerses us in the world of human-remains removal. It's the story of Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams), who, with the help of her sister (Emily Blunt), trades in her maid-on-wheels gig for a more lucrative (and stomach-turning) job cleaning blood and guts from crime scenes. The morbid work helps the women wash away some emotional residue of their own family tragedies, but what's most memorable about the film are its visceral joys: a surprisingly complex performance from Clifton Collins Jr. (Capote) as a one-armed store clerk and scenes about botched biohazard disposal and dried brain matter. There's a lot of heart to Sunshine Cleaning, and, luckily, plenty of blood to keep it beating. David Walters

The film's trailer

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