Wild Wild West
-- another entry for the "worst film with the best cast" awards. This movie just staggers from one unfunny scene to the next. Salma Hayek was in such useless role that it makes me wonder why they bothered to get a name actress. Then there was the horrific
lack of chemistry between Will Smith and Kevin Kline. The late Roger Ebert said it was like they were acting to rear-screen projections of each other.
Then there is the racism and handicapped jokes. While it was supposed to be "ha ha, we're so obvious about our racism and handicapped epithets, get it? *wink*wink*", it just comes off as crass and repulsive, no more so than in the following dialogue (for those playing at home, West is African-American and Loveless has no legs).
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Mister West! How nice of you to join us tonight and add COLOR to these monochromatic proceedings!
Capt. James West: Well, when a fella comes back from the dead, I find that an occasion to STAND UP and be counted!
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Miss East informs me that you were expecting to see General McGrath here. Well, I knew him years ago, but I haven't seen him in a COON's age!
Capt. James West: Well, I can see where it'd be difficult for a man of your stature to keep in touch with even HALF the people you know.
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Well, perhaps the lovely Miss East will keep you from being a SLAVE to your disappointment!
Capt. James West: Well, you know beautiful women; they encourage you one minute, and CUT THE LEGS OUT from under you the next!