Hilariously Wrong | Review of ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Viewers beware.  While Seth MacFarlane delivers ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’, the movie does make full use of it’s “R” rating, delivering clever devised wit alongside “stupid humor”.


Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild

Starring: Seth MacFarlaneCharlize TheronAmanda Seyfried, Liam NeesonGiovanni RibisiNeil Patrick HarrisSarah SilvermanChristopher Hagen

Narrated by: Rex Linn

Genres: Comedy, Western

Sheep farmer Albert Stark is convinced that the west is trying to kill him. And to make matters worse, his girlfriend Louise left him for the most successful man in town. Then Anna rolls into down and helps Albert find his inner courage, courage that will be tested when Anna’s husband, the most dangerous Outlaw Clinch, comes into town, a bullet with Albert’s name on it.

A work worthy of the name Seth MacFarlene, but be warned readers, if you are not a fan of his work, you’re not going to enjoy this movie.

A Million Ways to Die in the West is the raunchiest western comedy out there with a refreshing and modern dialect. Seth MacFarlane plays a mild mannered sheep farmer who has no courage in the Western Frontier. He is convinced that nature and all it’s hidden secrets, are trying to kill him, giving him a pessimistic outlook on life. Coupled with the fact that he sucks at the one thing he is supposed to do with his life: take care of sheep.

This was a very funny movie that was, despite the grotesque, both clever and witty. Seth MacFarlane delivers humor that continues to mock society and racial prejudices, without being pushy. As many critics have been saying, it is a lot like Family Guy, only with a different setting as well as different characters, but the same air around the movie continues to deliver fresh laughs for the audience. And with all the raunchiness in the movie, it is very deserving of it’s “R” rating. Do not take your kids with you to see this movie, unless you’re prepared to cover their eyes.

Admittedly, much of the adult humor seems a bit unnecessary compared to the pure wit of the movie and does allow the movie an air of juvenility, and yes, when the movie is not presenting humor within the dialogue, it focuses on the mishaps of one’s bodily functions.

Much of the humor is crude, which is true, so if you’re a fan of Seth MacFarlane, there is little doubt that you will not enjoy the film. However, unless not a fan, don’t watch this movie because coupled with the showcasing of he incredibly inappropriate along with the raunchiness and crude humor, you will find little enjoyment in the film.

With an all-star cast and great humor, this is a fun movie. Just be warned. ★★☆☆ (C)

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