How do blood and guts equal a sweet movie?

There’ve been plenty of movies about the events leading up to a gruesome crime—but certainly not as many (or any) about the cleaning up after one. Enter Sunshine Cleaning (available on DVD 8/25), a bittersweet, touching film about two sisters who find themselves knee-deep in less-than-desirable circumstances, both personally and professionally.

Amy Adams is Rose Lorkowski, a single mom struggling to make ends meet who is still sleeping with the (very married) father of her child and cleaning up the houses of women she used to go to high school with. Her sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), equally dysfunctional, and still living at home with their father (Alan Arkin), gets recruited for Rose’s make-money-quick plan: crime scene cleanup. The premise is comedic (and sometimes gross) as the women learn the ropes of their new trade, but the movie is at its most affecting during its quiet and reflective moments, as we watch these two women—played winningly by both Adams and Blunt—work toward less imperfect lives.

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