Cleaning up at the box office

November 29th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments Office Cleaning

Cleaning up at the box office can refer to a film making millions of dollars or maybe the poor cinema employees that have to go and clean the tonnes of popcorn up off the floor and scrape the gum of the seats.

It can also refer to the abundance of films that use a good cleanup to delight and disgust audiences everywhere.

Here are just a few examples.

Mrs Doubtfire

Who doesn’t like the idea of Robin Williams disguising himself as an old Scottish widow in order to spend time with his children?

Audiences collapse into fits of giggles when Mrs Doubtfire uses the vacuum as a dance partner and then take a bizarre sense of comfort from him making the bratty children clean their gargantuan house.


Disney Pixar’s uncanny ability to create a film loved by children and adults alike is expertly deployed in their 2008 animated film , WALL-E.

A lonely waste collecting robot roams a desolate Earth, collecting bits of trash to take home and add to his collection. The film really hammers home the idea of keeping our planet clean, especially the end scene, when the people of Earth return to clean up the planet they have ravaged.

On top of that, the most adorable love story plays out between WALL-E and another robot. What more could you ask for?

Sunshine Cleaning

Ever wanted to know how to get rid of those pesky blood stains? Well, Sunshine Cleaning will provide you with the necessary know how.

Perhaps the grimmest example of cleaning in a movie, Sunshine Cleaning is the story of two polar opposite sisters who set up a biohazard removal/crime scene cleanup service. The scene involving the disposal of a dead person’s mattress is equal parts funny and gruesome.

Mary Poppins

Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, shows us just what a spoonful of sugar can do for you. Well, that and what would happen if you hired a magical woman, who can click her fingers and make clean laundry fold instantly.

Mary Poppins does act as a reminder that cleaning doesn’t have to be serious and that it can sometimes be enjoyable – like she says, “you find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.”

Although, I don’t think she ever had to clean the bathroom.