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Dallas 362 Review


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Scott Caan wrote and directed this film about, um, himself and his erstwhile brother Rusty (Shawn Hatosy), two lovable toughs/borderline losers determined to make something good of their lives. That is, if they can stop fighting in bars and working for the local bookie as enforcer muscle. The meandering film is well meaning but derivative of many twentysomething-ennui indies, though it's bolstered by a fun performance by Jeff Goldblum as a stoner shrink and Kelly Lynch as the boys' mom, caught topless (and in bed with Goldblum) in just about every other scene she's in.

The Wash Review


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Filmmaker D.J. Pooh is no stranger to disjointed, pointless, overwrought urban comedies. He was the mastermind behind 2000's brash brain-dead farce 3 Strikes, and now Pooh conjures up another flaccid farce in the inept comedy The Wash. As with his misguided efforts of 3 Strikes, Pooh wants to convey The Wash as a hip, rambunctious inner city offering that showcases its rollicking homeboys. Basically, the feeling is that you can't go wrong when featuring the likes of intense hip-hop personalities such as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Alas, the soundtrack is the only asset to this mindless flick.

Roommates Sean (Dr. Dre) and Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg) are a couple of cutups who live for turmoil. When Sean gets fired from his job, he's left with practically nothing to show for his life. With no car and the possibility of imminent eviction from his apartment, Sean is desperate for work. Dee Loc informs him of a position at his work -- a nearby South Central L.A. car wash run by Mr. Washington (comedian George Wallace), where as luck would have it, Mr. Washington has just fired his assistant manager. And so Sean is hired, making him Dee Loc's superior. Thanks to his new status as boss, Sean starts to abuse his authority and in the process, alienates his subordinates. Predictably, Sean's charges are colorful indeed: the brooding and bulky Bear (Tiny Lister Jr.); C-Money (Lamont Bentley), a cretin who steals items from the customers' cars; and token Hispanic poster boy Juan (Demetrius Navarro).

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