A Different ‘Sunshine’ at Sundance

January 20, 2008 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

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Emily Blunt, right, and actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, left

There’s more “Sunshine” at Sundance.

Two years after “Little Miss Sunshine” stormed out of the film festival to earn nearly $60 million and two Oscars, another comedic drama seems to be trying to follow in its footsteps.

Like its predecessor, “Sunshine Cleaning” revolves around a quirky family with communication problems, stars Alan Arkin as a grandpa encouraging a cute kid to succeed and features a sun-drenched Albuquerque, N.M. setting.

A broken-down car gets stuck on the roadside in one key scene, calling to mind the problematic VW bus of “Little Miss Sunshine.” In both films, an abundance of perky music propels the narrative.

Noting the loud buzz around “Sunshine Cleaning,” festival director Geoffrey Gilmore cautioned the premiere-night audience, “This isn’t the other ‘Sunshine.'”

Despite eminently likable stars Emily Blunt and Amy Adams, “Sunshine Cleaning” is much darker than the 2006 movie. At the premiere, audiences laughed for about the first 20 minutes, settled in for downward-spiraling drama that took up the majority of the movie, then laughed again in the last few minutes.

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