YMMV: West Side Story

  • Nightmare Fuel: 'Cool' in the film is a little unsettling to watch, especially with the multiple shots of all the Jets coming towards the camera, and the dancing makes them seem a tad unhinged, especially with the intermittent 'POW!'s.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WTH, 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).