Car Wash
Car Wash (1976)

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.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 22, 1976
DVD Release Date: April 7, 1998
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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TV Guide

Norman Whitfield's great musical score is integrated into the movement of the scenes to give the film a funky rhythm.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Highly enjoyable.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly good ensemble comedy with Antonio Fargas a standout.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
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… More
Lesley N
Take a whole bunch of lively characters, shove em in a bag, shake em up a bit and then dump em out in a car wash for a day, and this is what you get. Cracking… More
Aj V
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.
Leo L
Daniel Hetteix
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… More