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Film / The Wash

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The Wash is a 2001 comedy film starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DJ Pooh (who is also the director), and Eminem.

Sean (Dre) has just been fired from his job at the Foot Locker and needs a new one so he can come up with his half of the rent money. His roommate Dee Loc (Snoop) recommends he apply where he works, at a local car wash, aptly called "The Wash". Sean becomes the new assistant manager and now has to contend with being his friend's new boss, managing the rest of the Wash's wayward employees, keeping his boss Mr. Washington happy, dealing with disgruntled ex-employee Chris (Eminem), and even save his boss from being kidnapped.

The film was not critically acclaimed, but did win a couple of High Times Stony Awards - one for Stoner of the Year (Snoop Dogg) and one for Best Soundtrack.

This film provides examples of:

  • And a Diet Coke: Security guard DeWayne finishes a food order with one of these at the end of the movie while he's detaining Chris.
  • As Himself: Real-life radio DJ Julio G appears as himself.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Antoinette calls the kidnappers' house to establish how many people are inside, by pretending to be from the "Census Bureau". She doesn't have to try too hard.
  • The Cameo: There are several celebrity and future actor cameos.
    • Rapper Kurupt as Vicky's younger brother Maniac.
    • Tommy Chong as Dee Loc's pot connection.
    • Shaquille O'Neal as an angry female customer's even angrier (and taller) brother.
    • Ludacris as another angry customer.
    • Pauly Shore as a man trapped in the trunk of a Mafioso's car.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Julio G introduces a "world premiere" of a new song by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who are presumably *not* the Dre and Snoop who play the film's two main characters.
  • Comically Small Demand: Slim misinterprets Face's suggestion of "fifty cent" for the ransom as 50 actual cents and not $50,000.
    Slim: Fifty cent? Is that what all this is about? Two punk-ass motherfuckin' quarters?
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: DeWayne may look like a fat, incompetent rent-a-cop, but he manages to sneak up on and detain Chris in the end while he's threatening Dee Loc and Sean.
  • Defiant Captive: Mr. Washington gives his kidnappers shit at every opportunity. Even when he's gagged.
  • Evil Versus Evil: When Chris arrives at the car wash, he gets into a brief gunfight with Face, one of the kidnappers.
  • From Bad to Worse: Dee Loc frees Mr. Washington from the kidnappers, only to have the misfortune of running into a vengeful, AK-47-wielding Chris.
  • Going Postal: Chris calls up the Wash several times during the film to threaten Mr. Washington, and actually shows up near the end of the film during the fake ransom money exchange.
  • Hidden Depths: Dee Loc is able to rattle off the California penal code for kidnapping from memory.
  • Imagine Spot: Dee Loc and Jimmy share one when they imagine how they would run a bikini car wash.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: A lot of the characters. In fact, many of the carwash employees have their nicknames on their name tags.
  • Stupid Crooks: The kidnappers may be two of the dumbest kidnappers in film history. They not only make the ransom call from their own house where they are also keeping the hostage, but they also forget to block their Caller ID. Hell, Slim even accidentally gives Face's name away during the ransom call! They also prove extremely easy to fool when Antoinette calls pretending to be the Census Bureau (see: Bavarian Fire Drill) and when Dee Loc sends his girl Diane to distract Slim while Dee Loc and his other girl, Vickey, sneak Mr. Washington out.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Face's two accomplices for the ransom payoff meeting aren't scared when the rent-a-cop rolls by, but seeing Chris scuttle by with an assault rifle makes them decide to leave very quickly.
  • Shout-Out: A cop asks a barely conscious C-Money if he got knocked the fuck out.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what happens to Face (one of the kidnappers) after Chris shoots him.
  • With Friends Like These...: Dee Loc may constantly hassle Sean for his half of the rent, and he may be insubordinate to Sean at work, and he may have ruined Sean's date, and he may have cost Sean his job at the Foot Locker, but that doesn't mean Dee Loc won't step in to protect Sean when Chris turns his gun on Sean.