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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Drug dealers kill each other; blood, language, and sex.

Movie NR 2020 107 minutes
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It's not unreasonable to assume from the opening scenes that most of the main characters in this story may end up dead, and that such an outcome might not be a bad thing. Dogwashers is a vile, boring comedy-wannabe without an original character or idea, which makes the random and gratuitous violence difficult to endure. A man is killed by machete to the neck early on, and that's just a gratuitous "appetizer." The attempts to ape the nonchalant barbarity of Pulp Fiction and the imbecility of characters in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fail.

For a few moments it seems as if there may be at least one decent man to empathize with, a churchgoing dog-lover, but he turns out to be a vicious enforcer who, we're told, went above and beyond an assigned murder, killing someone by sticking a drill up his, well, the movie leaves it to our imaginations. There's nothing really funny about watching amoral dopes struggle with their stupidity, especially when that stupidity results in violent, bloody murders.

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