The Wash
1 out of 5 stars
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the wash You've really got to wonder sometimes how talented people end up in hopeless misfires like this film. Dre stars as Sean, a homey trying to make his life better but having all kinds of trouble. His arrogant drug dealer flatmate (Dogg) gets him a job in a car wash owned by the gun-toting, videogame-obsessed Mr Washington (Wallace). Hijinks ensue until Mr Wash is kidnapped and the gang must figure out a way to rescue him ... and their paycheques.

There's a pervasive laziness running through this film, from the paper-thin script to characters who are assembled from every innercity cliche known to man. Besides Dre (who actually makes Sean believable), everyone else is just the usual foul-talking, misogynistic lowlife. Women are objectified at every level, and the filmmakers accept this aspect of the subculture without question. Indeed, it's reflected in the screenplay and direction. Meanwhile, the feeble attempts at humour all involve crime, drugs, language (both profanity and Ebonics), irresponsibility, lust and of course the toilet. There's also a constant stream of self-important references that grates from the start and never comes close to capturing the wink-wink postmodernism they were so obviously going for. In its defence, there is actually a nicely strained sense of loyalty and friendship here, and the film does have a loping cadence that pulls you into this community. But that's about it.

cert 15 themes, language, sex, violence, drugs 3.Aug.02

dir-scr DJ Pooh
with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, George Wallace, Angell Conwell, Shari Watson, Iva La'shawn, Tiny Lister, Alex Thomas, Eminem, Tommy Chong, Pauly Shore, Shaquille O'Neal
release US 14.Nov.01; UK 9.Aug.02
Lions Gate
01/US 1h36

Hangin with the homeys. Mr Washington scowls as usual at Sean and Dee Loc (Dre, Wallace, Dogg)...
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2002 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall