WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It’s about a bunch of stoned rich guys trying to remake one of their favorite movies…and failing miserably. Hijinks at the car wash. There’s your plot.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’ve seen better film on six-day-old pudding. Not only is this is a pointless and laugh-deprived dungheap – it’s so amateurishly made (and proud of it) that I’m stunned it ever received a theatrical release. All the requisite “urban comedy” stereotypes are dutifully present and painfully accounted for; nearly every character is foul-mouthed, lazy, stupid or just a plain old criminal. The overall feeling of The Wash, ironically enough, is that of being dirty. The handful of sequences meant as “jokes” comes off more nasty and mean-spirited than anything else. This movie seems like a thinly veiled attempt by Dre and Snoop to show the world that they like to smoke pot and have sex (with the ever-popular "hos") while standing up in greasy hallways. Great. Who doesn't?
Though the term “2-disc set” is proudly plastered on the cover art, you should be aware that the second disc is the soundtrack. This could be a selling point for those in the market for both discs, but to me, it’s just two new coasters instead of one. The extras are fairly anemic:
The premiere interviews consist of some poor interviewer asking the same three questions to the film’s stars as they’re lined up at the premiere. The interviewer repeatedly asks for some ‘behind-the-scenes’ dirt, and the fact that nobody’s divulging anything nasty doesn’t stop him from repeating the question about 7 times. In the same dull vein, we’re also offered a series of cast/crew interviews. These clips feel curiously similar to the prior interviews, only this time the subjects are seated in front of a curtain, the interviewer is now a female, and the questions are liberally peppered with words like “Um…” The music video for Bad Intentions is included, along with a theatrical trailer.
If you somehow consider Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg a “can’t miss comedy team” then THE WASH may be your new favorite movie. Anyone else will most likely see this movie for what it is: a bunch of rich buddies hanging out, smoking weed, talking dirty and acting silly; someone’s weekend barbecue somehow passed of as an authentic movie. If only it were funny…