A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Synopsis: Read on IMDB

Should you watch this movie? If you just don’t feel like using your brain and just laugh like a complete idiot for a while, go for it! Bear in mind this is a Seth MacFarlane movie, which means the humor will be crude and “controversial”

Albert Stark is a cowardly sheep farmer in the town of Old Stump, Arizona in the 1882, a perilous time to live in the Wild West. After Albert’s girlfriend Louise dumps him for a much wealthier Foy, he is determined to leave to San Francisco until a mysterious woman called Anna arrives in town and he begins to fall for her. When he finds out out her husband is notorious outlaw Clinch Leatherwood, he must find the courage to fight for the woman he loves, and to survive!

20140717-185623-68183060.jpgWhy would anyone like this movie? The story is pretty poor, the overall plot is a series of “dick and fart jokes” assembled in 116 minutes and the humor can be in many cases mysoginist, racist, and generally, well, rude. Maybe I’m a horrible person because the whole thing just cracked me up! It is full of witty one-liners and situational comedy that is equal parts shock and funny. It’s a whole “oh no, he/she didn’t!” type of experience.

The movie boasts a start-studded cast which shows whether you think MacFarlane’s writing inappropriate and in poor taste, the man definitely has the klout to draw in high rollers such as Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sarah Silverman. It even has Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson, an Academy Award winner and nominee respectively. That’s no small feat, you guys! And to give you an extra reason for the impressive influence this guy has in the industry the film includes cameos an uncredited scenes by some of Hollywood’s great actors and comedians: Gilbert Gottfried, Christopher Lloyd, Bill Maher, Ewan McGregor, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Reynolds and Patrick Stewart. I kid you not!

MacFarlane, who wrote (the movie is based on his own novel), produced and directed this film, is a master at creating works that involve lots of pop culture references that push the envelope. But even with these creative skill and the ensemble casts he manages to pull off, the movie is not exactly one that would earn critics’ praises. Even some audiences will find the whole thing outright offensive.

Bechdel Test: Fail
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it Yes, Charlize Theron plays Anna, Amanda Seyfried as Louise, and Sarah Silverman as Ruth.
2. Who talk to each other there are some interactions here and there, however; very, very few.
3. About something besides a man Even in the few interactions / conversations, it’s all about a man!

Does it matter? Hell yeah! Women can talk about extremely hilarious stuff that has nothing to do with penises really (there is an actual conversation that explicitly says the word “penis”). I’m definitely losing feminist points for laughing during this movie…..

Paola’s mood after watching this movie:

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