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Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Plot Synopsis: As a cowardly farmer begins to fall 
for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put 
his new-found courage to the test when her husband,
a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. 
Universal Pictures
Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes
Rated: R (for crude and strong sexual content, language
violence, and drugs) 
Director: Seth MacFarlane 
Writers: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin 
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson
Amanda Seyfried  
Comedy | Western
If you like Seth MacFarlane’s wiles (think: TED), chances are you’ll like A Million Ways to Die in the West. This merciless parody of life in the 1800s hinges on being historically shallow, yet pricelessly modern in its satirical application. But of course, it is to be expected to come with the same trademark raunchiness and catchy musical tunes that we get here.

And, it features the rising sensation that is Charlize Theron! But Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris - not to mention Liam Neeson who is formidable even when he is not trying to be - are all part of the appeal.

Being more idealistic in theme and less about actually accomplishing anything for the sake of comedy, the bottom line remains the same throughout: If you like MacFarlane, you’ll like this one.


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