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In the '70s, quickie low-budget movies like The Wash, with predominantly African-American casts, were called blaxploitation flicks. Now, they're vehicles for hip-hop artists all too ready to extend their brand names, take advantage of their massive followings and, oh, pocket mad loot. Hence, the architects of West Coast rap--Snoop Dogg and Dr.
Dre--team up for overextended rap entrepreneur DJ Pooh, who writes, directs, produces and takes a small role in this weak, witless blend of Ice Cube's Friday and Richard Pryors's Car Wash. Frankly, it manages to make the Pryor vehicle look like a classic. The pot-addled Snoop and Dre play roommates working at George Wallace's playa-filled car wash, who find themselves at odds with each other. That is until Wallace is kidnapped, and a crazed ex-employee forces them to work together like the Hardy Boys to save the day (which, of course, leads to the inevitable, head-scratching shoot-out). And the crossover appeal? Eminem cameos.