Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Gets a Redband Trailer

Published 6 months ago by , Updated March 11th, 2014 at 3:56 am,

Seth MacFarlane’s feature directing debut Ted was a pretty foul-mouthed affair, and it comes as no surprise to learn that his sophomore project A Million Ways to Die in the West will be equally (if not even more) off-the-charts with its raunchy humor. The marketing push for MacFarlane’s western comedy got properly started yesterday with the release of eight posters – all but one featuring a character with their own punny tagline – and today, we have a three-minute red band preview to add to the pile.

A Million Ways to Die in the West takes place in Arizona in the year 1882, where a cowardly sheepherder named Albert (MacFarlane) gets dumped by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) after skipping out on a gunfight. He lands on his feet with some help from a lady gunslinger (Charlize Theron), who mentors him in the art of shooting – just in time for her outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) to show up, no less.

MacFarlane’s shtick in the film appears to be constantly kvetching Woody Allen-style about the dangers of the wild west, while the red band trailer footage likewise makes A Million Ways to Die in the West seem to resemble Allen’s “slapdash spoofery” from his early 1970s filmmaking days in such genre send-ups as Sleeper and Love and Death. Here, of course, Allen’s famous neurotic irreverence has been swapped out for the kind of comically-exaggerated violence you often find on MacFarlane cartoons like Family Guy and American Dad, plus the R-Rated wordplay and verbal jokes from Ted.

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NPH plays MacFarlane’s rival in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

In a refreshing (and unexpected) twist, it appears that the A Million Ways to Die in the West script – co-written by MacFarlane with his Ted collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wesley Wild (who’re also working on the sequel) - may have less pop culture referencing than MacFarlane is known for. That could also just be due to how the trailer is constructed, though, since there are plenty of other familiar joke setups from the MacFarlane school of comedy glimpsed here (impromptu musical numbers, celebrities riffing on their screen personas, etc.).

All in all, though, between the red band trailer footage and cast – which includes Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi – A Million Ways to Die in the West seems like a must-see for people who love all things MacFarlane; even those who aren’t so keen on his cartoons might want to consider giving this laughfest a try.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West opens in U.S. theaters on May 30th, 2014.

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  1. Me likey.

  2. Seems like there might be a little “The Shakiest Gun In The West” (Don Knotts) thrown in there too.

    • True that. :-)

    • It is so funny that you call it like “The Shakiest Gun in the West” which was a 1968 rip off 1948s Paleface with Bob Hope. It is like Kanye West calling people out for sampling his music.

      • Who called someone out? I merely noted that there’s similarities.

      • Not everything is a “rip off”; sometimes it’s an homage.

        • Yeah. Who are you talking to? Who said the phrase “rip off”? Who is worried about it? Why is the sky blue? Where can I find a nice corned beef sandwich? Are we there yet?

  3. “Mila Kunis, Mila Kunis…”

    Ah, this looks hilarious, but I have a feeling that we’ve just seen all of the funny parts. He should disassociate this from the tragedy 2 hour long weed & fart joke that was TED.

  4. Wow! I thought MacFarlane made good movies.

    • Oh, you saw it?

  5. haha this looks good

    question…how the fu*k does Sarah Silverman gets work?

    • is that true? i always thought that was another one of her bad and outdated jokes

    • Her entire shtick, and the thing that keeps her working, is she says raunchy stuff about getting boned all the time. I know a thousand girls who do the same thing for attention in groups of men, but she’s parlayed it into a career. That’s her talent, talking about getting nailed.

    • Simple. She’s smart, edgy, hilarious and people like me love her.

      • +1

    • I think it may be because she’s funny. I actually like her voice, I know, somethings wrong with me.

  6. This looks mediocre at best, but at least Charlize Theron looks good.

  7. Am I the only one who noticed he used Mila Kunis name as the native american way to say “Fine”

    • HAHA! I did not notice that, that’s hilarious

    • Did the same thing in its a trap it was jabbas language for “put him in”

    • As did I also, as well, just now while watching it for the very first time, also notice that as well that he said Mila Kunis. I noticed it right away, with no prompting or prior knowledge of it. In fact, I took it back to that part and played it again, just to be sure. That prompted me to pause the stream and immediately Google tha s***, which led me, inexorably, here.*

      * A la “The Architect”, from that Matrix movie

  8. Hmmm… I thought it’d be funnier. Then again we didn’t get any of Neil Patrick Harris in there. I’ll bet his character is pretty great.

    Still pumped to see it.

    • EDIT: NPH doesn’t do anything in the trailer, we only see him for 2 seconds. no dialogue or anything.. that’s what I meant.

  9. It looks mediocre. Ted was terrible. So, in that case, this will be better.

    • It does look peurile…But I think it’s in good way this time. I agree that Ted was mostly terrible. But this has a charm, I think. It’s clearly not for everyone. But I have the feeling that this one would appeal to women as well as men ( of a certain humour level. I include myself in this group. I laughed out loud at the ice thing.)

  10. I can’t wait for it. Even without Seth being in it you can tell it’s a MacFarlane script. I’ve found people either absolutely love his stuff or hate it.

  11. I’m amazed how to this day MacFarlane’s work is universally polarizing. Even the comments here basically either say people can’t wait for it or think it’s gonna suck. I love all things MacFarlane myself, and I thought this trailer looked great. I’m excited.

  12. Love Seth’s nuanced performance.

  13. How far as Charlize fallen?! This looks awful.

  14. dumb

    • SO you liked it, then. Cool.

  15. Am I the only one who thinks Mr Mac. isn’t really up to par acting wise? I think his voice acting is amazing, but he does not have the edge or gravitas or facial nuances, to carry out his own biting intelligent jokes. I think he should animate an animated version of his own face on to his face…

  16. Blazing saddles, Trinity, They still call me Trinity, I enjoyed those, will wait for VOD on this one!!!

  17. Genital yeah!

  18. More pampered LA screenwriter-boy neurosis, aggressively promoted as yet another stale-formula “edgy raunchy comedy”. Sad and pathetic, and an insult to the western landscape. “Comedy gelt” it’s not. Mcfarlane should’ve known better- his upward-inflecting nerdy thing is how the puppetmasters want ALL young men to behave now, so he sold out to work with creepy co-writers. I do hope this one tanks, hard & loud, dragging talentless hack Silverman and her patented nice-girl-with-pottymouth schtick with it.

  19. When!?? :D

  20. I saw it and it was by far the WORST movie I’ve ever seen. I actually like Family Guy and enjoyed Ted but this was absolute s***. I wanted to walk out but wanted to give feedback. Perhaps they could change some things in the meantime but they’re not going to replace Seth MacFarlane who CAN’T act and ruins the ENTIRE movie. The other actors were awesome (Sarah Silverman was tolerable actually) but literally why couldn’t Seth have taken a single acting class before starring in this movie?? He should stick with voiceovers. Unbearably HORRIBLE. Don’t waste your money.

  21. Check out my review at shepfromtamp.com

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