Starring: Seth Macfarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Evan Jones, Alex Borstein, Dennis Haskins. With cameos from Ewan McGregor, Ryan Reynolds, John Michael Higgins, Christopher Lloyd, Gilbert Gottfried, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jamie Foxx, Bill Maher
Directed By Seth MacFarlane
Comedy is hard. Crude comedy is even harder. Seth Macfarlane can’t always be perfect, can he? A lot of comedies have disappointed me this year, with the lone exception probably being 22 Jump Street. A Million Ways To Die In The West wasn’t a huge disappointment, but it could have been so much better. I suppose some of the crude jokes are funny, like how Sarah Silverman’s character has raunchy sex and her boyfriend doesn’t really care. But getting peed on by a sheep? Sheep penis? Ummm…
MacFarlane might have been better off letting someone else star in the movie. He’s too smug, and too in on his own jokes. He’s the weakest cast member by far. Neil Patrick Harris is pretty spectacular as a man with a mustache, and the rest of the cast holds up in their roles. Macfarlane always seems like there’s a joke that he’s in on when he’s delivering the bulk of his lines, especially the funny ones.
For what its worth, the film has a killer score. Like, way better than needed for a comedy. It didn’t deserve to flop as badly as it did. But then again, comedy is hard. Westerns are even harder.
FINAL GRADE: B