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  • Summary: Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah, (Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong historyOnce the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah, (Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other... specialized situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. (Overture Films) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    80
    A smartly done morality tale that couldn't be more in sync with these troubled times.
  2. Kudos to Clifton Collins Jr., who appears as a dispenser of cleaning products and common sense.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Dark humor intersperses with poignant moments. Though the conclusion feels forced, the movie works.
  4. You'll miss out on some really great stuff if you don't see this surprising movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Olivia Putnal and Krista Soriano
    63
    This is definitely one to make you feel good all over.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Director Christine Jeffs, who previously helmed "Rain" and "Sylvia," tries to strike a balance between the yarn's dark currents and offbeat comedy, but the result is often uneasy, with the humor receding as things progress.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    40
    A boring, choppy dramedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. SteveM
    Jun 12, 2009
    10
    Loved it, Amy and Emily Blunt are terrific.
  2. KellyP
    Apr 10, 2009
    8
    Why is this film only playing in one theatre in my city (Toronto)? It's one of the better films we've seen in a while. It's Why is this film only playing in one theatre in my city (Toronto)? It's one of the better films we've seen in a while. It's touching and funny and real. Kudos to Adams and Blunt who both deliver incredible performances. It was a pleasant surprise - and deserving of a higher score. Expand
  3. TatianaO
    Sep 18, 2009
    8
    Amy Adams does an amazing job in this sweet movie. It makes you want to help out people and be more understanding with people that you do not Amy Adams does an amazing job in this sweet movie. It makes you want to help out people and be more understanding with people that you do not get. Thumbs up! Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2010
    7
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    I remember seeing this movie on shelves in blockbuster liking the looks of
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    I remember seeing this movie on shelves in blockbuster liking the looks of it, especially when I heard it was from the same producers as Little Miss Sunshine. So recently I downloaded it and gave it a watch. In many ways it was similar to Little Miss Sunshine. Dysfunctional family and all. Maybe I just like those types of movies as I really liked this one as well. Loved all the characters and their unique and deep troubles they all go through. I do recommend this especially if you like movies such as Little Miss Sunshine. I give it a 4 out of 5.
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  5. Jun 3, 2011
    7
    It has gravity but it's not overdone. Great performances from all the cast, but particularly Amy Adams. Not a lot happens, but there is a lotIt has gravity but it's not overdone. Great performances from all the cast, but particularly Amy Adams. Not a lot happens, but there is a lot going on underneath. Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2012
    6
    I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy this film but it is actually a very good film. It is warm-hearted and funny despite the obvious morbidI wasn't sure whether I would enjoy this film but it is actually a very good film. It is warm-hearted and funny despite the obvious morbid surroundings and the main protagonist is easy to warm to due to her hard-working nature. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2011
    0
    This movie was a big disappointment. The slow moving undeveloped plot never got off the ground and crashed on the runway. I had no empathy orThis movie was a big disappointment. The slow moving undeveloped plot never got off the ground and crashed on the runway. I had no empathy or patience with the characters and I would have had more satisfaction if they had all burned up in the house. I kept waiting for a humorous scene but it never came. It was more befitting an episode on a TV series than a movie. Expand

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