I enjoyed Seth MacFarlane’s Ted much more than I thought I would. So there was potential that this movie might also be funny. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
The gist is that Seth MacFarlane stars as a cowardly man in the wild west who loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) to a smooth-talking mustache-afficienado (Neil Patrick Harris). He then meets a new girl in town (Charlize Theron) and falls in love with her, not knowing that she’s already married to the most dangerous man in the west (Liam Neeson).
There were a few bits that were hilarious and it’s the same style of writing that made Ted and MacFarlane’s Family Guy succeed. But MacFarlane was reaching too much on most of these jokes.
If it’s any consolation, the obviously stoned high schoolers in front of me loved this movie completely, so there’s definitely an audience that would appreciate this.
What doesn’t work?
As a comedy, this movie fails in almost every way. It resorts to the lowest common denominator in every situation. We’ve got poop jokes, penis jokes, and an uncomfortable amount of diarrhea jokes. For every clever line or funny cameo, there would be 20 minutes of awkward and cringe-worthy jokes. He stretched too far here, trying to be too edgy. He walked a fine line in Ted but here, he ran right past that boundary.
MacFarlane also isn’t a leading man. His chemistry with both Seyfried and Theron is unbelievable. His snide comments got a little annoying and it was hard to root for this guy.
The pacing was also really off. For being a “comedy,” huge amounts of time passed without any substantial moments of comedy (even unsuccessful moments).
A Million Ways to Die in the West is too long, not that funny, and MacFarlane is hard to believe as a leading man. Again, there is a certain crowd that may enjoy this, so maybe you fit in that category. If you enjoy an abundance of juvenile humor and sex jokes, you may find more chuckles here than the casual moviegoer. But for me… It wasn’t worth it. Good try MacFarlane, but maybe next time.