The Wash (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Workplace Comedy, Comedy Thriller  |   Release Date - Nov 14, 2001 (USA)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Skyler Miller

Ever since their first collaboration on the title track of the Deep Cover soundtrack, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have shared a musical chemistry that has served both of their careers well. While the two rap stars effectively transplant this dynamic to The Wash, it's too bad they do so in service of a lazy script that gives neither of them much to do. For all of its f-words and weed-smokin', The Wash is surprisingly meek. Structured in an aimless, meandering way that's meant to evoke a laid-back atmosphere, the movie instead comes across as unfocused and sloppy. Using an L.A. car wash as a backdrop for what amounts to a variety of loosely connected vignettes, The Wash delivers some light chuckles but never gathers momentum as it haphazardly skips from scene to scene. The boss' kidnapping, which is ostensibly the plot, literally doesn't start until about 20 minutes before the movie is over. Some segments are funny, such as when a character can't get a voice-activated cell phone to work because he keeps saying "fo" instead of "four," but most are all set-up and no punch line, as in an ultimately pointless sequence involving Sean (Dr. Dre) eating a bad burrito. Every time a new plot thread or character is introduced, the movie briefly shows signs of life, only to fizzle out and hurry on to the next scene. When Sean decides to hire bikini models as car washers, the possibilities are numerous. The payoff? You guessed it, gratuitous shots of women in bikinis. The Wash is at its best when it focuses on the clash between Sean's responsibilities as car wash manager and his friendship with the terminally reckless Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg). Sean tries to have it both ways, but it seems that he'll eventually have to choose between the two. The movie never gives him the chance, though, instead opting for a mildly entertaining but totally out-of-place kidnapping finale that ends just as abruptly and clumsily as what preceded it.