A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West

(2014)

Family Guy creator (and Ted director) Seth MacFarlane writes, directs and stars as a cowardly sheep herder turned gunslinger in this old West comedy. Co-stars Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson.

After Albert (McFarlane) backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, her love helps Albert find his courage. Soon though, her husband - a notorious outlaw - arrives seeking revenge and Albert must put his newfound balls on the line.

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Flicks Review

Judd Apatow's films are cited for off-setting their low-brow stylings with a tangible sweetness. Seth McFarlane is Apatow's artistic complement – the Family Guy/American Dad creator's comedy empire is defined by a healthy mean streak. That mean streak helps mark his new film away from other Western comedies, but can't make up for the overall scarcity of sustained laughs.... More

Having parlayed the success of Ted into his first major on-screen acting role, McFarlane proves an affable-enough presence, if a little ranty. Stopping just short of directly addressing the camera, he spends a lot of the film loudly describing events around him. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It's okay in and of itself that all the humour is snappily anachronistic, but the style conflicts with the film's attempts to have genuine stakes as both a thriller and a romance.

Liam Neeson's bad guy is played entirely straight, and McFarlane's courting of Charlize Theron occasionally plays with the gag-inducing coyness of a Katherine Heigl rom-com. There are some decent laughs here though, even if they all hover around the same three or so ideas (violent death; prostitution; moustaches). Neil Patrick Harris brings a lot to the table, and Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi are both appealing, if one-note.

Between the comedic set-pieces – I would say about 50% of which are successful (I hearby declare poo off limits in cinematic comedy for at least ten years) – it can get pretty ponderous.Hide


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Average ratings from 19 ratings, 21 reviews
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BY skoota68 wannabe

Sorry but this was the worst 'comedy' I have ever seen, my expectations were high after watching a million Family guy episodes and enjoying the brilliant Ted. But this falls flat from the start and just couldn't find its feet.


BY Gerd superstar

Lots of well thought trough comedy scenes. After all everyone has a different sense of humour but the ones that gave 2 stares or less definitely don’t have any.


Thank you to Flicks for the free tickets. I'm so glad I didn't pay to see this film. The only funny scenes are in the trailer - every other gag is centred on farts, diarrhea or prostitutes. Charlize Theron tries her best but is given terrible lines. Someone needs to tell Seth Macfarlane that he's not as funny as thinks he is. Anyone who wants to see a well written, funny, rude western should watch Deadwood.


BY Tanisha grader

Even though the film was puerile, it had a lot of laugh out loud moments. If you like the cult western 'Blazing Saddles' (1974)- you'll love this!


Pointless cameo's that add nothing to the film, fart jokes, immature and no actual plot, Theron was a plus. Not sure why "Hollywood" make films like this then moan about pirates. Stop wasting loose change on gaff like this!


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The Press Reviews

33% of critics recommend.
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  • A flaccid all-star farce that's handsomely dressed up with nowhere to go for most of its padded two-hour running time. Full Review

  • MacFarlane's take on the Western is considerably tamer than that of earlier smart-aleck postmodernists. Full Review

  • MacFarlane’s irreverent humor feels subdued without the jolt of animation that gave his previous big-screen effort, Ted. Full Review

  • Feels less like a film than like an extremely long, fairly inspired live-action episode of Family Guy. Full Review

  • In the venerable tradition of Cat Ballou and Blazing Saddles, Seth MacFarlane’s comedy western boasts gags galore – some a lot cruder than others. But the hits outnumber the misses. Full Review

  • A Million Jokes Die In The West. Well, not a million. Most of them. Most of the jokes die in the West. Full Review

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