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Color it Clean

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Sure, short films about janitors and toilets are great. Everyone agrees on that. Literally everyone. But if there’s one thing most of these films lack, it’s a meditative, philosophical approach to the subject matter. “Tell me something I DON’T know,” you’re probably saying to yourself, and that’s fair. But we have good news, friends, we’ve found a janitorial short that has all that, and then some: Color it Clean! Existential questions and urinal scrubbing, together at last!

Fans of RiffTrax favorite Setting Up a Room will feel right at home here, as the filmmakers take the same Zen-like, obsessive level of attention that film paid to a school classroom and apply it instead to school bathrooms. And it’s all narrated by real live janitors, providing a glimpse inside the minds of the sponge-wielding warriors who fight the good fight against scum, grime, and the derision of entitled students every day. If you ever looked at your school custodian and thought “I hope I don’t wind up with that job, seems depressing,” this short will...well, this short won’t really change your mind about that. But it will make you think, laugh, and maybe, just maybe, inspire you to get up and clean the toilet, yeah even that area back behind it that’s hard to reach so we all kind of try to pretend it isn’t there, yeah, you know what we’re talking about.

So grab a mop and a copy of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness and join Mike, Bill, and Kevin for a journey into the porcelain and tile oblivion of Color it Clean!

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Average: 9 (137 votes)

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Release date

June 13, 2014


19 minutes