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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West – A silly comedy!

If you are into stupid silly that has no real merit but will have you rolling in the aisles, this movie is for you! The film is a parody on the old Wild West, with an impressive cast and a sweet storyline.

The film is for a select audience. If you have an advanced sense of humour and don’t enjoy slapstick or silliness, you won’t enjoy this show. But, there are so many classic lines in this movie that I laughed my butt off from start to finish, and in this seriously stressful life we lead, I needed that! Nothing to think about, no lingering questions, no crying, no wondering… just laughter!

The movie was written, produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and distributed through Universal Pictures.

Set in Arizona in 1882, the main character, Albert Stark (played by Seth MacFarlane) is a somewhat atypical sheep farmer. All his sheep have names and he lives with his parents who are abusive, disrespectful, and uncaring individuals, but in a really comical way. The meek and mild Albert is not in the least bit aggressive and actually has no idea how to shoot – a serious drawback in the Wild West! He decides to withdraw from a duel and comes across as a coward, which prompts his girlfriend, Louise, (played by Amanda Seyfried) to leave him. He is destroyed, but soon meets Anna, (played by Charlize Theron) a gorgeous “tomboyish” woman who he instantly falls in love with. BUT, Anna is married to a notorious outlaw, named Clinch (played by Liam Neeson) and all hell breaks loose.

Add to the mix a nerdy individual, named Edward and his prostitute girlfriend, Ruth, who has slept with every man in town, except him! And then there is Foy, who sports a ridiculous moustache and owns a moustache shop (don’t ask)! He is wooing Louise with his money and position, much to Albert’s disgust.

The movie releases at cinemas nationwide on 30 May and is classified 16LV.

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