Dirty Laundry: Special Edition [MVD Rewind]
(Leigh McCloskey, Jeanne O’Brien, Frankie Valli, Sonny Bono, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1987) 2021 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Only in L.A. could you make $1,000,000 at the Laundromat!
That’s what happens when Jay (Leigh McCloskey, Just One of the Guys) unknowingly stumbles into a drug deal at the local Laundromat and accidentally exits with a bag full of cash rather than his dirty laundry.
When Macho Marty Benedictine (crooner Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons) finds out what has happened to his money, he puts out a contract on poor Jay, who still has no clean clothes.
Enter F.B.I. Inspector Zimbalist (Donald May, O.C. and Stiggs), who sees this as an opportunity to catch his long-time nemesis Benedictine. Zimbalist sends his Miami Vice wannabe (Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis) to follow Jay.
Meanwhile Jay meets Trish (Jeanne O’Brien) a beautiful sexy reporter, at a rock concert. Benedictine and part of the goon squad are at the concert too, and when they catch a glimpse of Jay, Benedictine orders Maurice (Sonny Bono, Hairspray), one of his goons, to break into Jay’s apartment and find the cash but instead Maurice discovers Larry (Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis), Jay’s girl-dripping surfer roommate!
What follows is a hair-raising, constantly hilarious chase, with everyone after Jay and Trish. Will Benedictine’s goons catch Jay? Will Jay ever get to rinse and dry in L.A. again? Will Trish get an engagement ring from Jay, or just ring around the collar?
Whisk this wet and wild, action-packed comedy home and find out!
Blu-ray Verdict: You wouldn’t think a 79 minute movie would feel padded, but wow is this ever the thinnest plot stretched to its breaking point!
Simply put, a guy (and that’s pretty much all the character development he’s given) ends up with a bag of money after a drug deal goes wrong, and everyone wants that money.
What unfolds - if you will pardon the pun - is your stereotypical ’80s low budget storyline of a kid who gets his bags mixed up with the mobs bags flick, except this is a much lower budget version.
OK, sure, it cannot be completely knocked as who doesn’t of a certain age still LOVE cheesy ’80s movies, especially ones that seemingly flew under their radar at the time, and so whilst the overall thread of humor is there, it misses way more than it hits, sadly.
But again, that said, I personally loved watching it as I had never heard of it before and I love old ’80s movies, so I will cut it some slack as I progress.
Filled out with some truly bizarre cast choices such as musicians Sonny Bono and Frankie Valli, Olympians Greg Louganis and Carl Lewis, and GLOW wrestlers, this all went in the right direction bring a weirdly strange appeal to this comedic ’80s escapade.
I mean sure, the sound effects tell you when to laugh, but if you want to turn it into one of those late night drinking games with your friends, drink every time someone says dirty laundry and you’ll all be so in love with the movie come the end!
In closing, and whereas the box cover art smacks of something about to unleash itself on your small screen from within along the lines of the hilarity of Police Academy, sadly the movie never reaches those high levels of cinematic wonderment. But it tries and for that alone it is definitely worth your ’80s flashback consideration here in 2021. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs that comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
NEW! Audio Commentary with Tony Piluso, Newt Wallen and Crystal Quin of Hack the Movies
NEW! Interview with star Leigh McCloskey (HD, 27:46)
NEW! Interview with star Robbie Rist (HD, 33:07)
Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)