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A Million Ways to Die in the West

by on May 30, 2014
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“A Million Ways to Die in the West” has its fair share of laughs, but overall, it’s a fairly disappointing sophomore effort by writer/director Seth MacFarlane.

I went into “A Million Ways” with high expectations after I was blown away by MacFarlane’s 2012 live-action directorial debut, “Ted.” This movie review won’t be a comparison of the two films; however, going into a movie ready to erupt with laughter (like I did during “Ted”) and only winding up chuckling sporadically is an “epic fail” in my book.

MacFarlane stars as a sheepherder who is cognizant that life in the late 1800s sucks; half-a-million of the jokes stem from the fact that MacFarlane’s character is stuck in a time period where disease, famine and “a million other things” can eventually kill you. The gags would have been able to hold my attention if the script had been better-written, but the movie is unevenly paced for its nearly two-hour run time.

MacFarlane has a penchant for one-liners and scatological humor, which works fine in “Family Guy” and had me laughing out loud during “Ted,” However, it seems a little bit forced during this movie. Perhaps if MacFarlane had gotten someone else to play the leading role, he could have spent more time in the director’s chair and strung together a better movie.

MacFarlane gets strong performances from his supporting cast, including Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman and the scene-stealing Neil Patrick Harris. Rated R for its vulgarity, “A Million Ways” falls short of a comedic gem by several hundred thousand.

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  • June 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    It was funnier than that. MacFarlane let the third act stretch a little long. A he certainly cannot act. But I was happy with the laughs.


  • tracewood
    June 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    This movie was so funny. It was very entertaining. I especially like the scene when the block of ice fell on the cowboy! I needed a too laugh!


  • tracewood
    June 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This movie is funny and a must see! I took my boyfriend to see it on his 60th birthday. We were is stitches laughing throughout the movie. Especially the scene when the block of ice fell on the coy boy and the scene with the shootout when the diarrhea it the cowboy and he grabbed the hat to relieve himself. Good funny fun movie!


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