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Movies & TV with Iconic Laundromat Scenes

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Ah, the holidays.
The perfect time of year to relax and curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a great movie or TV show. In honor of the cozy season, Golden State Laundry systems has selected 5 movies that either use a laundromat as a central plot point or contain a pivotal laundry scene. Sit back, relax and enjoy as we count down these sudsy cinematic outings.


Friends S1, Episode 5 : The One With The East German Laundry Detergent (198

Creators: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer

One of the most pivotal moments in the infamous Ross & Rachel saga takes place while Ross is teaching Rachel how to laundry. Their chemistry heats up as they throw more loads into the wash. Spoiler: In the last scene, they share their first kiss.

Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog, Episode 1 (2008)

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day
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This delightfully campy Whedon mini-series sees Neil Patrick Harris playing a charming super villain who meets and falls in love with a very pretty girl in a laundromat. Most of the show’ most romantic scenes and memorable musical numbers take place in a laundromat- proving that the magic of love can be found in the most unlikely places. It’s the perfect show to give you a little sentimental feeling this holiday season.


Fight Club (1998)

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter
laundromat David Fincher’s Academy Award nominated film is full of thrilling surprises and dramatic plot twists. The pivotal laundry scene of the film takes place when Edward Norton’s character ‘The Narrator” sees love interest Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter) in a laundromat.  The Narrator observes Marla stealing someone’s laundry from a dryer and selling it to a thrift shop, solidifying their offbeat romance.

Sling Blade (1996)

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, and Lucas Black

laundromat coin operated One of the most iconic scenes in this surprisingly touching film is that after Karl, a partially handicapped man, befriends a young  boy after he offers to carry his laundry half a mile.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, and Daniel Day-Lewis
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This Academy Award nominated original screenplay & movie’s entire plot is centered on the Laundrette and provides many of the laughs, romance, and drama.

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