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Comedy - Adult

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

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Albert, a sheep farmer out west in 1882 still lives with his parents, and is going out with the local belle, but she dumps him for the owner of the town’s moustache accessory shop and as a result he considers leaving for San Francisco. He changes his mind when be begins to fall for a mysterious new woman in town who is unaccountably skilled with a six gun. Little does he know that she is married to the most dangerous gunslinger in the territory, considerably increasing his risk of an early death.


Albert spends time with his sheep, he patronises the local saloon, where violent fights take place and where, as a running joke, his best friend’s fiancee is a prostitute but they are not intending to consumate their relationship till they are married. There are a number of set pieces, unsually involving gunfights and other events which result in people dying. So no nudity or sex, but quite a bit of drinking and some drug taking as well as almost continuous swearing, sexual references and jokes about bodily functions.

A View The critics did not think much of this outing nor did the general public although I laughed quite a bit during the first half at the irreverent approach to the genre. It could be that the joke can’t really be sustained for the whole film so it is a bit of a struggle to keep it going to the end.  It is one of those films that might be a watch in broad minded company accompanied by a few beers.
Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Seth MacFarlane
Writers/Script Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Alex Borstein, Christopher Lloyd, Ewan McGegor, Kaley Cuoco, Ryan Reynolds
Additional Info Some of the walk-ons are fun, particularly Ryan Reynolds who is shot without saying a word.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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