If you've ever seen more than a few episodes of Family Guy, like I have, then you'll know that Seth MacFarlane makes more than a few dud episodes. A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of those episodes. The film is set in the wild west of 1882 and follows the story of Albert (Seth MacFarlane), a sheep farmer who's recently been dumped by his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried). However, soon he meets Anna (Charlize Theron) who's relatively new to their small, uneventful town, and along with Anna comes her husband, Clinch (Liam Neeson), a notorious gun-slinger with a grudge against Albert.
A Million Ways To Die in the West doesn't have a lot going for it. The film just doesn't seem to work. It's criminal two hour runtime can be almost unbearable with this many unfunny jokes forcefully crammed in. While a few jokes managed to get a laugh out of me, a joke about the current Miss America is the first one that comes to mind, the film ultimately fails to be funny, especially when close ups of both a sheep and eagle penis are shown for a considerable length. The characters frequently make jokes that just aren't funny, made even more awkward when the supporting cast start cracking themselves up, clearly money being the motivation behind this laughter. The film thinks that it's hilarious, but just doesn't realise that paying your actors to laugh doesn't means that the audience will too.
This film's biggest win is its cameos, most of which I unfortunately had the displeasure of knowing prior to watching the film, but hey, that's the problem with waiting for a film to receive a home release before you see it. Despite knowing the primary, most shocking cameos of the film, they are often the work of a comedy genius. It's unfortunate that this genius wasn't put into use beyond the casting choices. The film doesn't just insert random celebrities into small and pointless roles, *cough* Muppets Most Wanted *cough,* although that is still quite hilarious. The film also uses its wits, and gets cameos that are relevant to the genre this film is dealing with.
A Million Ways To Die in the West can be rather revolting and unappealing. Unfortunately, close ups of animal genitals is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the gross-out gags in this film. Between its fart jokes and its penis jokes, the film also manages to insert unnecessary and completely irrelevant violent imagery, as well as a repetitive sequence involving Neil Patrick Harris pooping into several men's hats. Yep, this film has all the inappropriate jokes that'll most certainly make a twelve year old's day.
To sum up, A Million Ways To Die in the West brings the occasional chuckle here and there, as well as a lot of genius cameos, but other than that the film's unappealing and frequently revolting humour can't withstand its prolonged runtime.