Seth MacFarlane, the creator of TV's "The Family Guy" and the movie "Ted" is back with a new Western comedy featuring Charlize Theron and Liam Neson called "A Million Ways To Die in the West."
TV's Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, struck it big on the silver screen two years ago with the movie Ted. Now, he's back with a new film and it's a parody called A Million Ways To Die In The West.
MacFarlane, who stars here, in addition to co-writing the screenplay and directing, plays Albert, an intellectual coward on the new frontier. He's not looking to be rugged or macho; he just wants to survive.
He's in love with Louise, played by Amanda Seyfried, who's rejected him for a man who owns a mustache maintenance shop, which is a pretty funny gag, and he's played wonderfully by Neil Patrick Harris.
Albert's best buddy is Giovanni Ribisi, who's properly courting the town prostitute, played by Sarah Silverman. The running joke here is that even though she's having sex with everyone, she's saving herself for marriage with Ribisi because it's the Christian thing to do. What's even even funnier, is that he's just fine with that.
Charlize Theron is on hand as a possible new love interest for Albert, and then there's Liam Neeson as the toughest gunslinger in the Wild West.
MacFarlane's character speaks in a contemporary tongue, and he gets a lot of hilarious mileage out of his fish out of water premise.
Along with his writing team from "Ted," they throw almost a million gags on the screen. A few miss the mark, but remarkably most of them hit the target resulting in a ton of laughs.
The humor is very rude, crude, raunchy and politically incorrect—but the bottom line is that it's very funny and often quite clever.
There are a couple of surprise cameos that are also ingeniously done.
MacFarlane has turned the conventions of the traditional western upside down to uproariously great effect. The supporting cast do a great job and not since "Blazing Saddles" has there been a Western comedy that's this good.
Don't be put off by the bad trailer, though.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 3.5 Apples