The second edition of the Lone Star International Film Festival kicks off tonight with Sunshine Cleaning, a film that features two of the best recent breakthrough actresses to the Hollywood scene. In one corner is Amy Adams, who plays Rose, a single mom struggling to make ends meet. In the other corner is Emily Blunt, who plays Rose’s sister, Norah — a slacker who still lives at home. Out of desperation, the pair decide to start a business cleaning up crime scenes, which no doubt leads them to more than they bargained for.
Both of these actresses had bit parts in Charlie Wilson’s War last year, and each of them has had star-making turns in recent blockbusters (Adams in last year’s Enchanted and Blunt in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada). But if you missed their pre-starlet days working in indie productions, you’re really missing out. Adams earned an Oscar nomination for 2005’s Junebug, in which she plays a pregnant, small-town girl in awe of her new well-to-do sister-in-law. In contrast, Blunt shines as a devious rich girl toying with a neighboring tomboy looking for a friend in 2004’s My Summer of Love.
So go see Sunshine Cleaning if you get a chance tonight. And if you like the two leads, by all means, make sure to study up on the two films that got them noticed in the first place.
Sunshine Cleaning screens tonight at the AMC Palace 8.