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The Wash (2001)



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

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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 Sean is subsequently forced to crack down on his scamming buddy's side hustles and locker room assignations with female co-workers. When their boss is kidnapped, however, Sean and Dee Loc must work together to save their employer, their jobs, and their friendship. Angell Conwell and Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr. co-star in this urban farce flavored with a hip-hop soundtrack.
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Snoop Dogg
as Dee Loc
Dr. Dre
as Sean
D.J. Pooh
as Slim
George Wallace (II)
as Mr. Washington
Angell Conwell
as Antoinette
Shari Watson
as Vickey
Marcia Wright
as Sharon
Bruce Bruce
as DeWayne
Alex Thomas
as Jimmy
Lamont Bentley
as C-Money
Arif S. Kinchen
as Lil' Dee
John Basinger
as Mickey
Rashaan Nall
as Ronald
Frank Chavez
as Officer Hoppy
Ricardo Brown
as Maniac
Jeris Poindexter
as Mr. Francis
Jude S. Walko
as Window Man
Derek Thompson
as Old Man
Tommy Chong
as Dee's Connection
Pauly Shore
as Man in Trunk
Anthony Albano
as Mafia Tony
Shaquille O'Neal
as Wash customer
as Chris (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Wash

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
Associated Press
Top Critic

The lame, underdeveloped jokes far outweigh the fresh ones, the women are all chirpy airheads, and the whole thing hangs on a feeble storyline.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's precious little to listen to, laugh at or ogle.

January 10, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

More of a missed opportunity than a movie.

Full Review… | November 30, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A sloppy, harebrained movie, which looks like it was made on a fraction of the budget of one of their videos.

November 30, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Suneel Joshi
Suneel Joshi

Super Reviewer

Funny as hell in a dumb way and dumb as hell in a funny way. A comedy that you can't take seriously because it doesn't take itself seriously. I guarantee you that you will laugh when you watch this. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are hilarious together, just lookin at Snoop Dogg makes me laugh. D.J. Pooh directed this raunchy joke-filled laughfest. It's a great stoner comedy, with plenty of smokin and plenty of laughs. So grab a doobie and some munchies, and watch The Wash as you rise to the sky in a gut-busting cloud of smoke.

Jay Lothamer
Jay Lothamer

Clearly I'm in the minority here, but this film, as lackadaisical and short-surfaced as it was, made me laugh more than I ever expected it to. Eminem is absolutely hilarious.

Nick Anno
Nick Anno

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