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Review: The Wash

This ain’t no Friday. In fact, you’d be wasting a perfectly good high on it.

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The Wash
Photo: Lions Gate Films

Sean’s (Dr. Dre) car is out of commission and he’s about to be evicted from the crib he shares with best bud Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg). Sean snags the assistant manager position at Mr. Washington’s (George Wallace) car wash, where he climbs the social ladder by going from friendly roughneck to Dee Loc’s condescending superior. The film’s social commentary frequently strikes a subtle nerve (Sean’s job feeds his ego but he hides it when macking a pretty rich girl) although it’s too self-aware most of the time. Friendships are frayed when Dee Loc deebos (see Friday) car wash supplies and gets reprimanded by Sean. Tensions flare as Washington begins to receive frightening phone calls from an Enimem wannabe; the car wash owner is kidnapped and it’s only time before Dee Loc and Sean join forces to free their stingy boss. The film’s booty-worship is offensive but not as much as director D.J. Pooh’s deadly pacing; the jokes aren’t necessarily bad, just flat and few and far between. As if helmed during a pot-stoked stupor, the film is a lazy mess; you’ll have a hard time figuring out who’s dreaming what and where the film is trying to go. The Wash never crackles, it just putters along. This ain’t no Friday. In fact, you’d be wasting a perfectly good high on it.

Cast: Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, George Wallace, Angell Conwell, Kent Masters King, Shaquille O'Neal, D.J. Pooh, Pauly Shore, Jude S. Walko, Marcia Wright Director: D.J. Pooh Screenwriter: D.J. Pooh Distributor: Lions Gate Films Running Time: 94 min Rating: R Year: 2001 Buy: Video, Soundtrack

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