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Car Wash

Car Wash (1976)

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100

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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62

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 8,129

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Movie Info

Michael Schultz directed this kinetic, hyperventilating comedy (scripted by Joel Schumacher) concerning the crazed events that go on within a single 10-hour period at a Los Angeles car wash. The cast of colorful car-wash employees includes Lonnie (Ivan Dixon), an ex-con; Duane (Bill Duke), a militant black activist; and Lindy (Antonio Fargas), an obnoxious homosexual. Sully Boyar plays Mr. B, the frazzled car-wash owner who has to deal with his screwball employees along with his over-educated

PG,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Joel Schumacher

Apr 7, 1998

Universal Studios

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

Uses gritty humor to polish clean the souls of a lot of likeable street people.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Highly enjoyable.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy...

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax M*A*S*H.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Critics seemed to like this less than audiences; personally, I had a ball.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Car Wash marks the point at which defiant blaxploitation turned decisively into upbeat crossover entertainment.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Norman Whitfield's great musical score is integrated into the movement of the scenes to give the film a funky rhythm.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It was both a riot and surprisingly had something poignant to say about race relations.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Surprisingly good ensemble comedy with Antonio Fargas a standout.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Funny antics with great cast

June 7, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

There's no plot as such, just a collection of gags, issues and themes...

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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One of the best of its ilk.

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Car Wash

Who knew that working at a car wash could be so much fun? Directed by Michael Schultz (Cooley High, The Last Dragon) from a screenplay by Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, A Time to Kill), this one day in the life of an L.A. car wash is a buoyant episodic comedy. It's hard to say who's odder, the employees or the customers. The multi racial cast has a relaxed, friendly presence that really serves these lighthearted shenanigans well. Most of the actors are not widely known but a couple big names do pop up. Richard Pryor appears briefly as Daddy Rich, a colorful reverend of The Church of Divine Economic Spirituality. He's supported by the Pointer Sisters, who break into a joyous song that almost has you wishing this was an actual musical. Comedian George Carlin has a running bit as a cabbie looking for the woman who stiffed him of his fare. The meandering storyline has no real focus, but it is a carefree diversion. This tone is decidedly upbeat. The writing is amusing and there are several hilarious lines sprinkled throughout. Many belong to actor Antonio Fargas as flamboyant Lindy who delivers his every line with a lot of sass. Want an example? When put down by militant black nationalist Duane, er uh excuse me, Abdullah Mohamed Akbar, he shoots back with one of the most memorable lines in the film: "Honey, I'm more man than you'll ever be and more woman than you'll ever get."

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hobster1

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Not quite what I expected from what I'd heard about it, but it's a good movie. It has some really funny scenes, and good music.
January 3, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

One star for five minutes of Richard Pryor! The rest is quite boring.
September 29, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A fine blaxploitation-era comedy, which juggles an amazing number of characters with almost no confusion whatsoever, with subplots and a jokes on as many different levels of appeal as there are characters. Lively and entertaining.
June 15, 2007
dhetteix

Super Reviewer

    1. Lindy: Who you calling sorry looking?
    – Submitted by PW E (3 years ago)
    1. Goody: She got her brains in her lungs.
    2. Slide: Then the bitch must be a GENIUS!
    – Submitted by PW E (3 years ago)
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