Possible spoilers ahead!
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is the tale of sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane), as he attempts to get his life together after being dumped by his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried). Louise tells Albert she needs time “work on herself,” but it’s long before she begins dating local business man and mustache aficionado, Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). Which only adds fuel to Albert’s already negative view of life in the west.
Soon, Albert begins plotting a move to San Francisco, much to the dismay of his best friend Edward (Giovanni Ribisi). One night, Albert saves Anna (Charlize Theron) during a bar fight, and the young woman promises to help Albert win back the heart of Louise, if he stays in the old town.
It’s not long before Albert begins to forget about Louise, not knowing that Anna’s outlaw husband, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson), is heading into town.
If you follow the box office numbers like I do, then you probably already know “A Million Ways to Die in the West” bombed this weekend. That’s a shame, because I loved this movie. In fact, I haven’t laughed that hard in years.
The movie has plenty of sheep genitalia and raunchy jokes to satisfy the “Family Guy” fans, but I really enjoyed the banter between Seth McFarlane and Charlize theron. Their relationship was genuine and there were several times when Theron’s laughter seemed unscripted. It really looked like the two had a blast making this movie.
The rest of the cast is just as good. Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman steal the movie as loving couple, Edward and Ruth, who like any relationship, face plenty of challenges. Of course their situation a tad different since Ruth is a (very busy) saloon prostitute.
Meanwhile Neil Patrick Harris is hysterical as the facial hair obsessed Foy. A few of his scenes are some of the best in the film. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a mustache song you’ll have stuck in your head for a week.
Also, if you think the best stuff was in the trailer, you’re wrong. I would go into more detail, but it’s hard to do without spoiling some of the best stuff. The bottom line is this: “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is not for everyone, but I thought it was a really fun movie.
Is it as good as “Ted”? No, but it’s definitely funnier than some of the movies I’ve seen since then.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” final score: 8