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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 newly found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

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Seth MacFarlane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Albert
Charlize Theron ... Anna
Amanda Seyfried ... Louise
Liam Neeson ... Clinch
Giovanni Ribisi ... Edward
Neil Patrick Harris ... Foy
Sarah Silverman ... Ruth
Christopher Hagen ... George Stark
Wes Studi ... Cochise
Matt Clark ... Old Prospector
Evan Jones ... Lewis
Aaron McPherson ... Ben
Rex Linn ... Sheriff / Narrator
Brett Rickaby ... Charlie Blanche
Alex Borstein ... 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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From the guy who brought you Ted See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pueblo chico, pistola grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,069,000, 1 June 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,139,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,408,083
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2.39 : 1
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The long-legged sheep in the drug trip are a visual reference to Salvador Dali's painting "The Temptation of St. Anthony". See more »

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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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A few genuine laughs, if you can wade through all the toilet humor.
29 May 2014 | by BrentHankinsSee all my reviews

After finding tremendous success with animated sitcoms Family Guy and American Dad, Seth MacFarlane ventured into the realm of live-action comedy with 2012's smash hit Ted, which featured Mark Wahlberg as a slacker whose best friend is a sex-and-drugs-obsessed teddy bear. While MacFarlane provided the voice and motion capture for the titular stuffed animal, he never actually appeared in the film, but takes center stage in his sophomore effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Set in Arizona in 1882, the film stars MacFarlane as Albert Stark, a mild-mannered sheep farmer living a mundane existence in the rough and tumble town of Old Stump. Stark has just lost his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) to a wealthy local businessman (Neil Patrick Harris), and spends his days drinking away his sorrows with his best (and seemingly only) friend Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and his prostitute fiancée, Ruth (Sarah Silverman).

Meanwhile, notorious outlaw Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) has dispatched his wife to Old Stump to await his arrival while he and the rest of the gang pull off another stagecoach robbery. After a chance encounter during a bar fight, Anna (Charlize Theron) takes an immediate liking to Stark, and agrees to help him win back the heart of his lost love, but omitting her true identity could have grave consequences when Clinch discovers who she's spending her days with.

While the plot sounds like it could have come from any number of Western films, everything that occurs on screen is through the filter of MacFarlane's unique sense of humor. Simultaneously poking fun at genre tropes while also paying homage to the classics, A Million Ways to Die in the West offers plenty to laugh at, including a hilarious song and dance number about men's facial hair, and an absurd variety of comedic death sequences.

Unfortunately, these moments are overshadowed by the fact that most of the film's humor is derived from the sort of R-rated content that MacFarlane can't get away with on television. There are only so many jokes about semen, diarrhea, and homosexuality that an audience can absorb before these topics stops being funny, but the film continues well past that mark, with Silverman coming across as particularly grating. After years of the exact same schtick, haven't people grown tired of hearing her talk about her vagina?

MacFarlane has proved time and again that he can write intelligent, thought-provoking comedy, but much like his previous film, he seems far too willing to cast that aside in favor of dick jokes and lame attempts to be offensive and shocking, just for the sake of being offensive and shocking. A Million Ways to Die in the West isn't a bad film - indeed, I think it's a vast improvement over Ted - but it's still not the MacFarlane film that I had hoped for. He's better than this, and hopefully we'll see that in his next flick.

-- Brent Hankins, www.nerdrep.com


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