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Parents' Guide to

Wild Wild West

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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

Movie PG-13 1999 106 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

Not what I thought it would be...

The NetFlix info said sexual references and innuendo. I wish I had checked here first. It starts with Will Smith and a lady friend skinny dipping in a water tower ... Withi. The first time 15 minutes we get half of the n word and the word whore.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Not appropriate first

The FIRST scene has two naked people in a tub kissing. Why doesn't it have a higher warning on the sex for that. HOW was that missed in the description. Wouldnt even continue letting my kids watch.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Wild Wild West has a weak, weak script. It is not unusual to see a trailer that is better than the movie, but in this case the music video is brighter, wittier, and more exciting than the movie. Will Smith's appeal goes a long way toward making up for poor plotting and dialogue, but not far enough.

There is some attempt to deal with the fact that West is a black man at a time when most black people had only recently been freed from slavery, but the entire movie is so completely preposterous that the effort is awkward and inconsistent with the tone of the rest of the film. Indeed, the overall tone of the film is awkward, not giving Kline or Hayak much to do, though Kline has a nice turn as President Grant. Branaugh is happily over the top as the bad guy, there are some cool special effects, and Smith's charm and grace carry it a long way, but not far enough to make it anything more than a pleasant diversion less raunchy than Austin Powers.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 30, 1999
  • On DVD or streaming: November 30, 1999
  • Cast: Kevin Kline , Salma Hayek , Will Smith
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 106 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: action violence, sex references and innuendo
  • Last updated: August 2, 2023

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