A close-knit group of black employees at a Los Angeles car wash have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt one day, including Daddy Rich, a money-hungry evangelist from the “Church of Divine Economics”, and a man who is mistaken as a mad bomber – but who is really simply carrying a urine sample to hospital.
The film has hardly any plot to speak of, but with artists such as Rose Royce and the Pointer Sisters, this really is funky disco at it’s best.
Throughout the movie, the (many!) characters discuss love, religion, prostitution, parenthood, homosexuality, social climbing, money, class struggle, sex, and above all, music, which is their unifying element.
There are especially strong performances from Antonio Fargas (better known as Huggy Bear in Starsky And Hutch) and comedian Franklyn Ajaye as ‘the Fly’, a wanna be super hero with a crush on a gorgeous, seemingly unattainable woman.
Obviously, this is not an Oscar winner, but it is good fun, sometimes touching, and always entertaining from start to finish.
It’s also a good look at LA in the 70’s. And, it’s one of the few movies where voice over narration actually works.
Can you dig it? I knew that you could. Solid!
The Wilson Sisters
The Pointer Sisters