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The Wash (2001)

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8

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 46

Sloppily-made, amateurish, and scarce on laughs, The Wash can't compare to Richard Pryor's 1976 Car Wash.

6

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 16

Sloppily-made, amateurish, and scarce on laughs, The Wash can't compare to Richard Pryor's 1976 Car Wash.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 10,662

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Movie Info

This throwback to the frolicsome comedies of the 1970s is from writer/director D.J. Pooh, creator of Friday (1995) and 3 Strikes (2000). Dr. Dre stars as Sean, who's financially strapped and on the verge of losing his home and his car until his roommate Dee Loc Snoop Dogg suggests he join him as an employee at the local car wash. Tensions mount between the pals when the establishment's eccentric owner Mr. Washington (George Wallace) promotes the more mature and responsible Sean over Dee Loc, and

R,

Comedy

D.J. Pooh

Mar 12, 2002

$9.8M

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Two roommates start to antagonize each other after one becomes the other's superior at an LA car wash, and the conflict is played out with grittiness and flippancy.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Snoop, Dre and their buddies take it all in stride -- if they were any more laid-back, they'd be napping in their trailers.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The lame, underdeveloped jokes far outweigh the fresh ones, the women are all chirpy airheads, and the whole thing hangs on a feeble storyline.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's precious little to listen to, laugh at or ogle.

January 10, 2002
Washington Post
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More of a missed opportunity than a movie.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A sloppy, harebrained movie, which looks like it was made on a fraction of the budget of one of their videos.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Some energetic performances from the cast may make this accessible to a wider audience.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Waterlogged from start to finish

March 31, 2005
Film Threat

I was wishing I was sitting through Bones a second time.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[A] crude and boring movie.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

You've really got to wonder sometimes how talented people end up in hopeless misfires like this film.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A 100% feeble comedy that exposes the dire acting abilities of two otherwise well respected hip-hop artists.

August 5, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC.com

a plotless, mostly humorless time-killer that exists primarily as a 90-minute commercial for a star-studded soundtrack. ... the movie has all the earmarks of the "let's just make it up as we go along" school of filmmaking.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Wash is Santo & Johnny through a swamp of mounting disinterest.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

There is some comic insight here, however unfocused it may be.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Straight up...I didn't laugh once during this entire flick!

January 18, 2002 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Never comes off as desperate--because little effort appears to be put forth by writer-director-co-star DJ Pooh.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Though The Wash is fairly funny, it's wholly insignificant.

December 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Manages to rock pretty steady, largely due to the efforts of its huge cast, sprinkled with some real and promising talent.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If a white filmmaker were behind the wretched ugliness that is The Wash, he'd be branded the most racist director since D.W. Griffith.

December 1, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Wash

A boring and poorly-made movie on all fronts scarce on legitimate humour. The only appeal is the collection of hip-hop stars that appear including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, Ludacris, and even, Shaquille O'Neal. Despite this, the plot doesn't seem to be going anywhere for the longest time and you will find yourself very disinterested early-on. The acting is nothing special and the direction is sloppy. Coming from a big fan of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's music, the movie is an overall mess that isn't good at any one aspect to keep you entertained.
November 28, 2011
Suneel J.
Suneel Joshi

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HONESTLY one of the WORST films I have ever seen!!!! CAN NOT stress it enough!!!!!!!!!!!
December 24, 2007
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Miriam Kline

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