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Car Wash

comedy


Everybody is cleaning up and getting down in this classic comedy--the first "disco slacker" movie--from the decade that brought you the tube top, the polyester suit and lots of good times.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    86%
  • Audience Score
    62%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    86%
    reviews counted: 10
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  • Audience

    62%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It was both a riot and surprisingly had something poignant to say about race relations.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"The best place for money... is right here in my pocket." I loved this movie as a kid, I thought it was sooo funny. All these different stories intersect at the car wash: Richard Pryor & the Pointer Sisters were young & sexy and Prof Irwin Corey was hilarious (how can anyone forget the Pee Bomb? lol.) With Melanie Mayron, George Carlin & Antonio Vargas.

- sleepykiss, Saturday, May 21, 2011

3 stars

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." fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com

- hobster1, Tuesday, May 21, 2013

3 stars

A pointless, but fun little movie. Even though Pryor and Carlin are featured, they have very little screen time. Unforgettable characters and an awesome soundtrack make this film something to watch.

- kcddck, Sunday, February 1, 2009