"There's not a lot that I am good at. But I'm good at getting guys to want me. Not date me, or marry me, but want me."
Sometimes in the eye of a storm, or in our case in the middle of a recession, it's very easy to wallow in self-pity and despair. Some people become depressed and others are propelled to get up and fight harder. Such is the case of sisters Norah and Rose Lorkowski (played by Emily Blunt and Amy Adams, respectively), who are each struggling with their own feelings of unworthiness and bewilderment when both are perpetually low on cash and lower on hope in the movie Sunshine Cleaning.
Stuck in a dead-end relationship and raising a child on her own, Rose has resorted to cleaning other people's homes for a living. And Norah is the wild child without a purpose who simply wants to be free of all responsibility. Both are feeling an overwhelming burden of never getting quite where they need to go or who they need to be. Rose falls into an opportunity to become a cleaning woman for crime scenes and drags her sister along with her for the extra support and to put her back on her feet again. What they find in this business opportunity is themselves, each other, and a sense of success for the first time in their lives.
Filled with touching moments and relatable agony in the midst of financial and personal meltdowns, Blunt and Adams effortlessly portray two characters on the verge of a breakthrough in a story very relevant in these times.
Check out "Sunshine Cleaning," now out on DVD.
My rating: B+