Car Wash (1976) / Comedy-Drama
MPAA Rated: PG for sexual references, language, brief drug content, and a scene of violence
Running Time: 97 min.
Cast: George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Franklin Ajaye, Bill Duke
Director: Michael Schultz
Screenplay: Joel Schumacher
Review published July 22, 1996
A day in the life of a car wash in Los Angeles, with many converging stories, many of them funny. Funky music, crazy cabdrivers, crooked preachers, and mad bombers abound.
Quintessential 70s black comedy is a 70s slice-of-life classic, but it's only an ok film. Carlin (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Dogma) and Pryor (The Mack, Silver Streak) are more or less wasted with unfunny roles. The rest of the cast is fine, and although the film seems to be pointless, it's a fun and entertaining film nonetheless.
Terrific soundtrack provided by Rose Royce, who donate their best work for the film. Don't expect much before watching and you'll have a good time.
©1996 Vince Leo