In the middle comes the ex convict, who ultimately will settle things around the film's central issue: work. The drive for the top has a great beat driven by Rose Royce and punctuation by the pointer sisters. Synopsis Jack's hard-partying ways catch up with him when he learns he is failing out of college, but his professor offers him a chance to save his grade by running the local car wash business he owns for a week. It's a great cast and crew and a fun film with lot's of great characters and music. The Mexican worker who would harass his Indian friend and back and forth it would go, all the while on the clock! It highlights the great comedians of the comedy store Los Angeles in the 70's. It doesn't have one, really, but this makes the film all that much more enjoyable.
That was what Duane needed to not end up in prison. This is a movie you'll either love or hate. Most of the jokes relied on slapstick humor and non-politically correct jokes but I especially loved the diverse representation of the state of black culture eight years following the assassination of Martin Luther King. The motley crew that we had employed, were just about in the exact same 'vein' of life as these, 'cons' 'crazy men' and 'criminals' that made up the perfect cast in 'Carwash'! Well, Whitfield is no surprise but Technical Grand Prize? Former Motown producer Whitfield also picked up the Grammy for Best Original Score and got a Golden Globe nomination for the Theme from Car Wash. Norman Whitfield did such a good job, that he not only established the rhythm of the action, but its atmosphere, tone and feel. I loved this for simple reasons, it simply hit right on it. George Carlin, Franklin Ajaye, Richard Pryor, Professor Irwin, Garret Morris,Jack Kehoe, and utilizes an ensemble cast with unexpected depth and heartfelt climax.
He got critically raked over the coals for directing Sgt. It showed, Loni cared about a young upstart punk, enough to see more in him than he himself Ackbar-'Duane' could see for himself. He needed someone to believe in him, not use him to rob a company and go straight to prison. The fine foxy broad who worked at the café, 'Five Spot'. Following American Graffiti, a bunch of slice of life movies were made. I believe this movie is underrated. The more I watch this the more astounded I am at how true to life and form these characters interact with one another.
There is no plot, but the ensemble cast is excellent, and the chemistry between the characters is great! The more I watch this the more astounded I am at how true to life and form these characters interact with one another. This movie is pure genius. Since their creation, cars have always been a symbol of status: you are what you drive. A great ensemble cast which includes Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Antonio Fargas, Garrett Morris, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Bill Duke and The Pointer Sisters when they were the original quartet. Some genuinely touching moments fit in well and don't derail the comedy. Even an ending that was serious enough, to put a well-rounded effect on the out come of the plot and m. Mona is the waitress that has to put up with the car wash clowns everyday and Marsha is the office manager looking for love.
Jack's hard-partying ways catch up with him when he learns he is failing out of college, but his professor offers him a chance to save his grade by running the local car wash business he owns for a week. A great soundtrack from Whitfield and the group Rose Royce which gave them a 1 song and a 1 album. It's hip, funny, and even moving. His attempts at trying to get the beautiful Mona to go out with him are what helps to make this film great. I have to admit I saw it when I was 11 years old and just fell in love with it! It is also a motion picture with a few symbols thrown in, probably unconsciously. Car Wash is a look at a day in the life of average Joes who have to work for a living. With the funky sounds of Rose Royce laying the back drop to the wacky, zany, out of control antics of the employees and various visitors to the Dee-luxe car wash, you simply can't go wrong! Here you have 1976 Los Angeles, the day in the life of a car wash.
In my opinion this is one of the best films from the 70's. This movie not only captures the music and fashion of the 70s, it's funny, and has some social commentary one wouldn't expect from this cast. So many interesting unique characters all struggling in their own way. I was rooting for all of them. For those like me who lived through the 70s, and want a trip down memory lane, I recommend this too.
Also, the assortment of characters that hang out at the car wash are what make this film great. The slice-of-life format is interesting, and keeps you involved with each character fairly equally. It generates such positive energy, that in the end all of the virtues that appear combined with the vices of the fast, consumerist and violent urban life, as well as the suffering of some of the characters, come to the fore: love, compassion, tolerance, patience, solidarity, friendship, happiness. Any film that has both George Carlin and Richard Pryor even if their roles only amount to cameos can't be all bad. It showed, Loni cared about a young upstart punk, enough to see more in him than he himself Ackbar-'Duane' could see for himself.
This movie had it all. I recommend this highly to those who love the seventies, a great comedic 'everyday' work-situation and doesn't necessarily need car chases or explosions, special effects etc. The humor can be sophomoric, but it's mostly clean and clever. This movie also has one of my favorite performances of Richard Pryor at the peek of his talents. But Jack takes on more than he can handle when his friends talk him into turning the business into a bikini car wash! Director Michael Shultz had a sting of black urban comedies in the 70's with Cooley High, Which Way is Up and Car Wash. The pace of the movie is very good, introducing many loveable loser characters and their situations quickly and effectively.