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Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Restricted Trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Western Comedy 'A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST' Is Mildly Funny But Mostly Meh

This is one of those times that I have to keep reminding myself that comedy is subjective, and what may be funny to some people may not be funny to others. Enter the new restricted trailer for A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, directed and co-written by Seth MacFarlane. Goodness knows I love a good western (especially a comedy western), but I still have the scars from watching the very unfunny Ted, MacFarlane's last big screen smash. What was that about again? Never mind, it doesn't matter.

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST looks to be a modern spaghetti western with a raunchy twist on par with much of MacFarlane's shtick. Other than the comedy mogul (he's still balancing TV hits American Dad! and Family Guy on the small screen along with his burgeoning film career), the upcoming movie also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Sarah Silverman. Here's an official synopsis:

Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC’s hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script.

Check out the trailer:

I can honestly say that Theron (who's not especially known for her comedic skills) and Ribisi are the funniest things about it (I was expecting more funny from Harris in this first clip). But I can't turn down a western. What do you think?

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST heads to theaters May 30th. 


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