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YMMV: West Side Story
  • One-Scene Wonder: The unnamed girl in the song "Somewhere".
    • Also John Astin as the MC at the dance.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: It can seem horribly cliche nowadays — not least because it's adapting Romeo and Juliet, which itself underwhelms many readers who find it trite, shallow, and immature.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Maria's closing speech where she chews out everyone over Tony's death.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The 2009 revival of the musical on Broadway had the Sharks singing and speaking in Spanish when among themselves — which adds to the realism, right? Except... that the most popular number that the Sharks sing, "America," is still sung totally in English, and the song "Un Hombre Asi/A Boy Like That" starts out in Spanish when Anita is singing of her hatred and desire for vengeance, and then turns to English when Maria sings about love, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The virginal Maria wears a white dress to her first dance, but a red one following the loss of her virginity to Tony. Also, in the final scenes, she's wearing a black shawl around her head. Probably representing her mourning for her brother, but it comes in handy when she has to mourn Tony as well.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: For a part of a Puerto Rican in a musical, a Russian-American was cast, who couldn't sing (okay, Natalie Wood actually could sing, but she wasn't good enough for this movie).
    • Also compare white Carol Lawrence in the original Broadway cast (although she could sing).

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