MacFarlane taking his odd brand of humor west in new movie


Seth MacFarlane is the comedic genius responsible for “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and his first and last feature film to date, “Ted.” Some don’t find him funny, but I love his obscure cultural references, slapstick approach, funny accents, and roast-worthy insults. He defines my preference in comedy. So his newest film, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” is undoubtedly going to make me laugh. I know it is. It’s a comedy-western. The first Australian trailer released today on YouTube, so now we have the first A_Million_Ways_to_Die_in_the_West_2glimpse at how it looks. Seth MacFarlane stars (as he did as Ted, but this time we see his face) with Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfreid, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi (the antagonistic Ted-napper in “Ted”). MacFarlane shares screenwriting credit with “Family Guy” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the same group that wrote “Ted.” Basically, it should be everything I loved about “Ted,” but this time set in 1880s Arizona. I completely forgot to mention the story! (as if it matters to me anyway) MacFarlane plays an average guy with a critical eye about his hometown in the West. Charlize Theron is the sharp-shooting immigrant to the city who teaches MacFarlane how to shoot. Why? Because Liam Neeson is an outlaw coming to town to do outlaw stuff. Sarah Silverman is a hooker. The rest just plays various characters. It’s a comedy, it’s not important. What are important are the great lines you hear in the trailer. Vulgar? Maybe. Hysterical? Most definitely. Yee-haw!

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