Sunshine Cleaning is another dysfunctional family story in a feel-good film, much like the movie this production team worked on previously, Little Miss Sunshine. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t quite have the heart or interest that its predecessor did when it was released in 2006.
I was getting pretty bored with this movie. I actually thought about taking a nap until the end. It really wasn’t that great. The acting by Adams was really quite good, but not enough to save this. Alan Arkin was essentially playing the same character he played in Little Miss Sunshine.
The story was nothing special and just reached for too much sentimentality. Emily Blunt was too quirky and it didn’t work. The side story with the grandpa and son also didn’t work. The plight of these characters was layered on too thickly and the ending was wrapped up too nicely.