Car Wash (1976)

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Movie Info

Written by Joel Schumaker and directed by Michael Schultz, this musical comedy/drama follows the goings-on of a Los Angeles car wash and the antics of it's multi-racial staff and customers.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joel Schumacher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 1998
Runtime:
Universal Studios

Cast


as The Taxi Driver

as The Mad Bomber

as Daddy Rich

as Lonnie

as Duane

as Scruggs

as Hysterical Beverly H...

as Marlene the Hooker

as Snapper

as Mona

as Chuco

as Geronimo

as Loretta

as Foolish Father

as Newscaster (voice)

as Lonnie's Son

as Foolish Father's Son

as Parole Officer

as AM Disc Jockey

as 2nd PM Disc Jockey

as Newscaster (voice)

as The Wilson Sisters
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Critic Reviews for Car Wash

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Highly enjoyable.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy...

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax M*A*S*H.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Critics seemed to like this less than audiences; personally, I had a ball.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Car Wash marks the point at which defiant blaxploitation turned decisively into upbeat crossover entertainment.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

Audience Reviews for Car Wash

½

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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Mark Hobin

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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.

ajv2688
Aj V

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.

dhetteix
Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

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