I was liking this a lot for the first hour or so; there are some pretty good jokes and tons of wacky characters. At 2 1/2 hours though, it *is* the bloated mess that it’s usually made out to be, and the funny gets crowded out by the pile-up of outrageousness. The climax is probably an hour long. In a way it’s tragic–a movie that features Toshiro Mifune and Slim Pickens sharing a scene ought to be awesome.