If you want to laugh, cry and be thoroughly grossed out all in the space of 91 minutes, “Sunshine Cleaning” is the movie for you. It’s a very realistic slice-of-life kind of film that takes place in Albuquerque, N.M.
The houses they have to clean are decorated in ‘70s fashions, are depressing, smell awful, and are filled with things like maggot-infested trash and old, used cat litter boxes. Because this is a movie about cleaning up crime scenes, the really nasty parts are to be expected, but what you don’t expect is Rose’s bright optimism throughout the movie.
At one point, Rose gets a phone call about cleaning up a suicide and she announces it to her sister and son with a smile.
There are a few cliché parts in the movie, for example Rose gives Norah the “when are you going to grow up” speech that I’ve heard in countless other movies. However, the rest of the script is solid and the acting more than makes up for it.
It’s definitely worth the $4 movie rental and if you’re into dark comedies, I’d add it to the DVD collection.