Saturday, August 6, 2016
Car Wash (1976)
The film is probably best known for its title song. The Rose Royce song has survived better than the film and it’s something you’ll hear with semi-regularity on oldies radio, TV and commercials. That’s kind of sad because the film is better than you might think.
A purely character driven comedy the film works because it’s full of great character actors. Bill Duke, Antonio Fargas , Ivan Dixon, Franklin Ajaye and Tracy Reed are all in the film and creating great characters. The film also has some big names doing cameos. George Carlin is a cab driver looking for a fare that skipped out, Richard Pryor plays a money hungry evangelist and the full complement of the Pointer Sisters play his choir. They do a killer rendition of You Gotta Believe and every time I see the movie on TV I always pause until I hear the song.
I remember when the film was released it got mixed reviews. Some critics wanted more than the breezy diversion they go. Some other got it. Audiences got it and it made a little bit of money thanks in part to the song. For me the film was always a safe film that I could put on and forget my troubles for 100 minutes.
I like it.