YMMV: West Side Story

  • Accidental Innuendo: "When you come, use the back door."
  • Award Snub: It lost that year's Tony to The Music Man.
  • Ear Worm: Many, like "Mambo" and "America".
    • "Tonight". Big time.
    • "MARIAAAAAAAAAAAAA."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Both Anita and Anybodys.
  • Faux Symbolism: 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Tony dies.
  • Memetic Mutation: A rare case of a memetic dance—the Jets snapping their fingers and leaping in the air.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The entire argument over which gang is more sympathetic. It compeltely spits in the face the theme that both sides are adding to the conflict.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It's pretty hard to root for the Jets after they attempt to rape Anita.
  • Narm: The fact that Action in the film looks like Matt Le Blanc.
    • Or the fact that "Baby John" doesn't look or sound that much younger than the other Jets.
    • A lot of the slang used by the Jets is cringe-worthy.
  • 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.
  • 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).