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Michael Schultz directed this kinetic, hyperventilating comedy (scripted by Joel Schumacher) concerning the crazed events that go on within a single 10-hour period at a Los Angeles car wash. The cast of colorful car-wash employees includes Lonnie (Ivan Dixon), an ex-con; Duane (Bill Duke), a militant black activist; and Lindy (Antonio Fargas), an obnoxious homosexual. Sully Boyar plays Mr. B, the frazzled car-wash owner who has to deal with his screwball employees along with his over-educated slip of a son, Irwin (Richard Brestoff), who quotes Mao and wants to radicalize the workers. Also… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Uses gritty humor to polish clean the souls of a lot of likeable street people."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax M*A*S*H."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Norman Whitfield's great musical score is integrated into the movement of the scenes to give the film a funky rhythm."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Funny antics with great cast"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Highly enjoyable."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Critics seemed to like this less than audiences; personally, I had a ball."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It was both a riot and surprisingly had something poignant to say about race relations."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's no plot as such, just a collection of gags, issues and themes..."
‑ , Film4
"A cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy..."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Car Wash marks the point at which defiant blaxploitation turned decisively into upbeat crossover entertainment."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Surprisingly good ensemble comedy with Antonio Fargas a standout."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the best of its ilk."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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