Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

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Amy Adams as: Rose Lorkowski
Directed by: Christine Jeffs
Written by: Megan Holley
Selected Cast: Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Eric Christian Olsen
Release Date: March 13, 2009 (US)
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R

A woman who wants to send her eight year-old son to a private school decides to go into business with her unreliable sister in order to earn more money. They form a company doing biohazard removal and crime scene clean up.

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Amy’s Role

Amy Adams plays the eldest sister, Rose Lorkowski. It’s a leading role opposite Emily Blunt, who will play her sister.


Amy recalls her 2008 Vanity Fair photoshoot
“I was really happy – I have so much respect for all the girls that I was on there with. Emily Blunt and I worked on a film together, so she’s like a sister to me. That was really special, to get to do that with her.”

On co-star Emily Blunt
“Well, Emily Blunt is like my English twin… The two of us together we would exhaust people… it’s so nice to have someone who’s your peer who you can absolutely, without any question, cheer for… when she was cast I was originally, completely intimidated because I’d seen Summer of Love … I was like ‘Girl’s got chops’… I really felt that she was my sister, I still really do.”

On co-star Emily Blunt
“She’s a great gal, she’s amazing, I can’t say enough, she’s the next whatever-she-wants-to-be. And so composed… Ah, enough about Emily! She’s fantastic, she’s gorgeous! And she’s younger than me, the hag!”

Others on Amy

“We made the best of Albuquerque, where everything seems to be the colour of taupe. We lived next door to each other and were joined at the hip. We’d have drinks and cook for each other. I’d do it again for another few months. I don’t get tired of being around Amy, ever.” – Emily Blunt

“Acting with Adams was also really fun. Amy is the most unselfconscious actress I’ve come across in a while. She’s not afraid to make a fool out of herself. She is spookily talented.” – Emily Blunt

Character Quotes
Lynn: How’d she die?
Norah: It was sorta a do-it-yourself thing?

Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

• The movie premiered at Sundance on January 18, 2008.


“A larger problem is that Adams makes her character such a natural go-getter that it’s hard to buy her as one of life’s losers; Rose is a successful franchise operator if ever I saw one. That may be more a matter of miscasting than mis-playing, since Adams also conveys the exhaustion of a clever blue-collar woman running out of options. Everyone in “Sunshine Cleaning” is dealing with fallen expectations, and life has played no one fair. The movie’s about the grace needed to face up to that and move on, and it possesses just enough grace of its own to seem a tonic in tough times.” – Ty Burr,