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New Western Comedy Misfires

Harry Hamm
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The new film co-written, directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane seems to be a contemporary effort to make a western comedy akin to “Blazing Saddles.” The result is proof positive that MacFarlane is no Mel Brooks.

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MacFarlane plays a sheep rancher in Arizona in the gory days of the old west. He’s shares a shack with his snarly parents and hates the town where he lives. Matters get worse when his girl friend, played by Amanda Seyfried, breaks up with him.

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MacFarlane’s character brightens up when the wife of a gunslinger, played by Charlize Theron, rides into town and befriends him while she waits around until her husband shows up.

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The gunslinger is played by Liam Neesen.

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Neil Patrick Harris does a funny turn as the owner of a mustache emporium. Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman play couple in love, even though she is a prostitute who sleeps with an average of ten men a day.

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The storyline in “A Million Ways to Die in the West” makes little sense save for providing connectivity among the many skit-like scenes and sight gags. At times the movie and what it makes the actors do and say are thoroughly demeaning. The f-bomb is rampant. Lots of potty humor and a few funny moments. MacFarlane is in almost every scene and talks way too much for the film. It makes the movie seem a lot longer than it is.

 

 

 

 

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