Wild Wild West

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Fans of the 1960s television series WILD WILD WEST remember the charming secret service agent, Jim West, and his inventive accomplice, Artemis Gordon. In Warner Brothers new film version, federal agents West (Will Smith) and Gordon (Kevin Kline) team up to hunt down the ruthless Dr. Loveless(Kenneth Branagh). Loveless has created a massive killing machine to hold the United States and the rest of the world hostage. Traveling in their specially equipped rail car, The Wanderer, they set out to find Loveless secret lair. After a few harrowing adventures, they stumble across his evil city hidden in the depths of a desert canyon. Discovering his ominously huge secret weapon called The Tarantula, they are left with only a wing and a prayerliterally. Will they be able to stop Dr. Loveless from kidnapping President Grant and forcing him to sign over control of the United States? Like the TV show, the plot and characters in the film are fairly predictable and shallow. But the faster action, more sophisticated machinery, and dazzling special effects will be more pleasing to modern audiences.

While still set in the old west, the modesty of the TV series is not duplicated in the film version. A very suggestive opening scene, with Jim West and his lady friend nude in a hot tub, sets the pace for the rest of the film. Artemis Gordon, a master of disguise, masquerades as a woman, which makes for some crude comments as he prepares his prosthetic breasts. Part of the movie is set in a whorehouse, as we see couples pairing off to go into private hotel rooms. Female rear nudity is also shown on two occasions. And the dialogue includes many crude words and a few obscenities. West gets into some very intense fights, with knives, guns, and fists flailing about. Explosions and gunfire result in many fatalities, some of which are graphically depicted. One very intense scene shows a man strangled with a chain, another chewed up in machinery, and a mans metal skull beaten repeatedly with a pipe. The sexual content, crude and obscene language, and some graphic violence keep us from recommending WILD WILD WEST.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522, (818) 954-8000

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (16) times (Mild 14, Moderate 2)

Obscene Language: Few (4) times (s-word)

Profanity: Few (2 ) times Exclamatory (My G, Good Lord)

Violence: Moderate to Graphic (fist fights, knife fights, gunfire, canon fire, explosions, fire blower, tank mows down soldiers - many dead bodies shown, mans detached head shown, flying metal blades threaten to decapitate, woman and man fall to death, man strangled by chain)

Sex: Implied several times (couples pairing off in whorehouse)

Nudity: Twice (female rear nudity), Near Nudity-several times (couple in hot tub, low cut dresses/corsettes, prostitutes in skimpy clothing)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: References to prostitution, crude comments about female breasts, man wears prosthetic breasts, innuendo about sensual kissing and sex, couple in hot tub w/ prolonged kissing/fondling, man pats womans breasts, sensual dance by man dressed as woman)

Drugs: Cigar smoking, beer and liquor drinking in bars

Other: Men disguised as women, woman pretends to be mans daughter instead of wife to manipulate other men

Running Time: 152 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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