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"A Million Ways" good for laughs, not for kids

Seth MacFarlane, Liam Neeson, and Charlize Theron as Albert, The Outlaw, and Anna in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
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Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways To Die In The West” is definitely not a movie to take the kids to but for adults who are fans of MacFarlane’s unique brand of comedy, it definitely brings the laughs.

The movie admittedly starts off slow with many jokes that don’t pack that much of a punch but the film picks up quickly after the introduction of Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron.

Speaking of Liam Neeson, his performance as villain Clinch Leatherwood was unique in the genre of spoof comedy-- he was frightening. While many other films portray the villain as being somewhat cartoonish, Clinch Leatherwood is clearly a dangerous man. (Even with the Irish accent Neeson maintains throughout the movie.)

MacFarlane’s character Albert Stark provides a good anchor for the film as the nerdy underdog trying to make it in a violent world and save the girl, Anna, played by Charlize Theron, who demonstrated that she can hold her own in a comedy.

The funniest part of the movie was probably MacFarlane’s duel with Neil Patrick Harris. However, this was a very crude scene, which was not uncommon in this film.

“A Million Ways” is also jam packed with the random references to pop culture, history and celebrity cameos including Bill Maher, Christopher Lloyd, and Jamie Fox that is normal fare for Seth MacFarlane.

If you’re looking for a wholesome family friendly comedy to bring the kids to, this isn’t it. But if you like the type of comedy on display in films like MacFarlane’s other film “Ted” than I think you will enjoy “A Million Ways To Die In The West.”

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