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Debra Gorgos was recently asked to review snippets of movie clips in which a female washes a car and give her “expert” opinion on whether or not the car was actually cleaned.
Vulture, an entertainment supplement to New York Magazine, provided a slideshow of infamous carwashing scenes — from Cool Hand Luke to One Night at McCool’s — in light of the new movie Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, which comes out on Friday. The movie features a charity carwashing scene in which Diaz washes a car by hand. Adam K. Raymond, of New York Magazine, asked Gorgos to review Diaz’s as well as all of the actors’ washing techniques.
“Of all the mundane chores Hollywood has attempted to make sexy, none has so firmly established itself in the pantheon of cinematic clichés quite like the sexy car wash,” wrote Raymond. “So we called up Debra Gorgos, editor of Professional Carwashing & Detailing Magazine, to get her expert opinion on Hollywood’s scrubbing skills.”
The story was also picked up by the Independent Film Channel (IFC), which praised Gorgos for her dry sense of humor. Matt Singer, of IFC, even had this to say about the magazine, “Debra Gorgos, editor of Professional Carwashing & Detailing Magazine, or, as we know it in the car service industry, PC&D. Love the PC&D.”
As for Gorgos, she said she’s just happy to get the PC&D name out there, even if the reason has nothing to do with actual carwash techniques. “I always wanted to go to film school,” said Gorgos, “but didn’t have the discerning critical eye. After all, my favorite movie was the flop Midnight Madness. So, this will have to do.”