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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

R | | Comedy, Western | 30 May 2014 (USA)
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As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

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Charlie Blanche
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Millie
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Storyline

Set in 1882 in the American west, Albert is a lowly farmer with a nice girlfriend. But when she leaves him for the more successful and handsome owner of a moustachery store, Albert returns to his lonely daily life of trying to avoid death. Then the mysterious Anna rides into town and captures Albert's interest and heart, but with her deadly husband in town, Albert is going to have to become the western gun-slinging hero he never was. It won't be easy because there are a million ways to die in the west. Written by Anne Campbell

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Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material | See all certifications »

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30 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Pueblo chico, pistola grande  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,797,385 (USA) (30 May 2014)

Gross:

$42,615,685 (USA) (11 July 2014)
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Trivia

Neil Patrick Harris gets to say his famous catchphrase from How I Met Your Mother (2005) when he is challenged to a duel by Albert. "Challenge Accepted!" However, according to movie commentary neither of the writers knew this when they were writing the movie and later during test screenings didn't know why audiences were laughing. See more »

Goofs

When Albert and Charlie are standing in the street for a gunfight several feet apart, it is impossible for their shadows to be close enough to each other to depict the obscene act depicted based upon their heights. One person would have to be very short for the body parts to line up as shown. See more »

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Narrator: Some people are born into the wrong time and place. This was the American frontier in 1882, a hard land for hard folk. Food was scarce, disease was rampant, and life was a daily struggle for survival. Hell, this was Miss America in 1880
[picture of a leathery middle-aged woman]
Narrator: . Holy shit. To build a home and a life in this harsh, unforgiving country required that a man be bold, fearless, and tough as iron. The men who were courageous and resilient were the men who prospered. But ...
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Crazy Credits

There is a post-credits sequence involving the gunman at the fair from the final scene. See more »

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Back to the Future Theme
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I loved it!
12 June 2014 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Yeah, yeah; it's getting lacklustre reviews, and I half understand why.

It's not a timeless piece of comedy, but it's got spunk, wonderful production values, inspired comedic acting (even the 'bit' roles), and it has well-turned moments of stunningly genuine romance. Of note: If other comedy films are "better", why did I find more good ol', down-home belly laughs in this one? I think I know why: Sure, MacFarlane can play it blue and scatological, but he also values that other timeless comedic tradition; that which is Truly Funny Because It Is True.

Special Mention for Sarah Silverman. I think she struggles to reach out and touch with her unique and beautiful style, and goes largely unappreciated. MacFarlane gave her a great vehicle, and she lived up to it with the kind of aplomb and vivacity that I've certainly come to expect from her. I sincerely hope moviegoers will recognize this and watch her career with heightened expectations.

One thing I thought a bit odd: The Onion reviewer's main critique was that MacFarlane was "recycling" gags. I was half-expecting to find a tiresome rehashing of a few gags. I started watching, and found it engaging and surprising.

Anyway, it sorta looks like the horse is out of the barn. The flick did sh1t at the box office, and it'll go to DVD and maybe recoup its outlays. Too bad! It deserves better.


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