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86 Ratings

Car Wash

Directed by Michael Schultz
United States, 1976
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Car Wash is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, while the songs just keep coming.

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Car Wash Directed by Michael Schultz

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1977 | 2 wins including: Best Music

Golden Globes (USA)

1977 | Nominee: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Every decade or so, Hollywood produces a movie that is not only entertaining but also raises the question just what is entertainment. . . . A movie in which mass media, specifically radio, exerts a powerful influence on its characters’ lives, “Car Wash” is an energetic, vulgar, socially conscious farce.
January 25, 2019
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The tiny kindnesses and cruelties accumulate through the myriad goofs and visual gags until its ending becomes unexpectedly affecting. Schultz’s camera whip pans from a bickering couple in an azure roadster to George Carlin… yelling from beneath a newsie’s cap. The movie’s like an older, looser cousin to Sean Baker’s TANGERINE. Its first genesis was as a possible musical, and this shows in the thematic counterpoint provided by the film’s soundtrack—a radio DJ and a cascade of disco hits.
June 23, 2017
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Schumacher packed his script with types, some of which are an awkward fit to the material. It’s a tribute to Schultz’s directorial skills that he was able to take what could have been little more than a potentially offensive sitcom and bring to life a small, specific world instead.
May 09, 2017
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