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Wild Wild West Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All concept and no content.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The fusion of cheekiness and deliberately overscaled fantasy never jells.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Wild Wild West isn't just a bad adaptation of a TV series; it's a bad film.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A wild, wanton and wasteful western farce that's so overblown and underwritten it almost makes you cringe to watch it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Western action-comedy set in bordello; lots of gunfire.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wild Wild West is a big, loud, coarse adventure flick, with interesting visual styling including steampunk gadgets and an Old West setting. There's lots of cartoonish violence, including characters who are suddenly punched in the face and shot in the gut and then bleed gorily while their bodies are summarily dumped in the water to be fed to "the crabs." The viewer sees many dead bodies, and main characters are frequently in mortal jeopardy such as being suspended under a moving train, though such hijinks are usually played for laughs. There are many sexual situations as well, with characters rolling around intimately (no nudity), and prostitutes offering sexual services for pay. There is also racial humor: at one point Will Smith shucks-and-jives like a slave, and a group of white Southerners threaten to lynch him while Smith calls them "rednecks." Cursing is kept to a minimum, save for a few S-words, and a lot of coarse language like "boobies." The viewer is told that some characters are good and others bad, but all are violent and prone to trickery.

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes in Westerns and why there are so few movies about the Wild West being made anymore.
  • Talk about how women and African Americans are portrayed in this movie. Why are women so often sexualized in Hollywood movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some scenes laud smarts over force, but these messages are quickly subverted by the many, many scenes of characters being shot and punched.

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    Role models: Though West and Fowl are "the good guys," it is hard to tell the difference between their methods and those of the "bad guys." We are simply told one is law and order and one is bad, but all are violent, crude and double-dealing. Most of the women in the movie are dressed in old-timey prostitute gear.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Characters are suddenly sucker-punched. Villains are shot in the gut and bleed gorily. We see many dead bodies. A man is suddenly shot and thrown into the water to be eaten by crabs; we later see him washed up on land with gore on the front of his shirt, slowly dying. The violence is cartoonish, but intense.

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    Sex: Many scenes of characters rolling around intimately, though we see no nudity. Many characters are prostitutes and there are discussions of how much their services cost and whether prostitutes are allowed to refuse a customer. Many scenes are set in a bordello, with men and women in vintage-looking underwear or seemingly naked and wrapped in sheets.

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    Language: Some cursing: "s--t," "ass." There are also insults: "rednecks."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many scenes depict both bad and good guys taking drinks; several characters smoke cigars.