Maddy’s Movies: “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is a bunch of laughs with fart jokes, poop jokes and some actual dying in it


They may not have shown the million ways a person can die in the west in Seth MacFarlane’s new movie but there were plenty of laughs.

MacFarlane proves once again he can act, write and direct with “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”

Set in a fictional frontier Arizona town in 1882, MacFarlane is Albert, a sheep herder who hates the West and everything in it. His only solace in a country where everything from a scratch on a knee to a bullet hole means certain death is his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) who breaks up with him after Albert chickens out of a gun fight.

Single and living with his verbally abusive parents on his not-so-great sheep farm, Albert plans to leave the West for a big city until new girl Anna (Charlize Theron) rolls into town.

Just like his movie “Ted,” MacFarlane’s new movie feels like an episode of “Family Guy.” There were the typical fart jokes, an unnecessarily long pooping scene, an animal phallus, and those famous “Family Guy” cut-away scenes that make a joke. There is even a fun little song and dance number.

I like MacFarlane’s role in this film a little bit better than in “Ted.” He’s not an asshole making offensive comments (although there were some offensive jokes, obviously), but a good guy who doesn’t have a lot of confidence in himself especially after getting dumped by his girlfriend.

Theron’s character is beautiful and badass with a mysterious past. She gives Albert the confidence boost and gun fighting skills he so desperately needs to survive in the wild frontier.

Their relationship is fun and feels very natural on screen with Theron laughing her butt off every five minutes at MacFarlane’s jokes.

Another cute relationship I did not expect to be fun to watch is between Albert’s good friend Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and his prostitute girlfriend Ruth (Sarah Silverman) — hey, it’s the West and everyone’s got to make a living. Edward makes shoes and Ruth has sex with ten different people … on a slow day.

The rest of the cast does a great job bringing the laughs to the screen. Liam Neeson as Clinch is one outlaw you do not want to mess with. Seyfried is self-absorbed and finds the perfect man to buy her nice things in Neil Patrick Harris’ Foy, the owner of the town’s Mustacheary.

And that’s just the main cast. You won’t believe the amount of cameos that show up in this movie. Maybe not as many surprise appearances as “Anchorman 2” but the celebs that do show up are fitting and down right hilarious. Don’t worry. You won’t get any spoilers from me but the last cameo at the end of the film is probably my favorite one. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.

I give “A Million Ways to Die in the West” three out of four mustaches. If you are uncomfortable with bodily functions and overzealous death scenes you may want to pass on this movie. But if you’re a fan of “Family Guy” or old westerns (kind of), you’ll love it.