YMMV / Kiss Me Kate

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Too Darn Hot," in the stage version.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
  • Fair for Its Day: The roles of Fred's and Lilli's personal assistants seem almost blatantly racist in hindsight, though they are still sympathetic—if underdeveloped—characters. On the other hand, back in the '40s you had people complaining that they got too much face-time, along with those scandalous act-opening numbers (Moral Guardians actually tried to ban "Too Darn Hot", and did at least succeed in transferring it to the white characters and toning down the lyrics for The Movie)...
  • Jerkass Woobie: Your heart breaks for Fred when he sings the reprise of "So In Love;" he's a talented and ambitious director-producer-performer with a vision and not a lot of money, and his leading lady is throwing a fit. There's a lot to feel bad for. But to send a match of his ex-wife's wedding bouquet to another woman — and think that his ex would never find out even under normal circumstances — that's either really dumb, or a real callous move.
  • Painful Rhyme: "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" has a few:
    "If you quote a few lines from Othella,
    Then they'll think you're one heck of a fella.
    If your blonde won't respond when you flatter her,
    Tell her what Tony told Cleopatera."
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bob Fosse appeared as an actor in the film. He later gained fame as a choreographer beginning with The Pajama Game.