Life on the American frontier in the late 19th century doesn't sound so bad at first; you might spend your time riding horseback around unspoiled landscapes by day, while frequenting the local bar at night to eat, drink, and be merry as you please. However, Seth MacFarlane would like you to know that there's pretty much no worse time and place in human history, and he has a new feature-length comedy arriving at the end of this month to prove it.
That film is A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane's sophomore turn as co-writer/director and the first of his movies to feature the Family Guy creator in the flesh, after he provided vocals for Ted's CGI namesake.
Most of the marketing push behind Million Ways so far has been comprised of red-band trailers and adults-only TV spots, since those are the best tools available, as far as showcasing the movie's unabashedly R-Rated sense of humor is concerned. Today, just a few weeks ahead of the movie's theatrical debut, we can add a second red-band trailer to the pile - complete with new footage that includes additional sex jokes, fart jokes, comical violence, and references to MacFarlane's previous work (see: Giovanni Ribisi doing his Ted dance while drinking at the bar).
Plot's something of a secondary concern at this point, but in case you were wondering: A Million Ways to Die in the West revolves around Albert (played by MacFarlane), a hapless sheep-herder who's spent his entire life going out of his way to avoid conflict and/or possible death in the Old West, whenever possible. However, after being dumped by his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) for chickening out on a gunfight, Albert gets some training in the art of having courage by Anna (Charlize Theron), the new gun-slinger in town. Good thing too, because when Anna's husband - the notorious outlaw Clinch (Liam Neeson) - arrives on the scene, he's not so happy that Anna and Albert have been growing closer in the meantime.
Whereas Ted was MacFarlane's take on issues like adult arrested development and modern pop culture obsessions, A Million Ways to Die in the West appears to examine issues concerning romanticized notions about history and traditional masculinity, as well as femininity - through the lens of a broad raunch-comedy, that is. One where Sarah Silverman talks about the finer details of her genitals and "Mila Kunis" means "Fine" in some Native American language, to be exact.
Point being, if you've enjoyed MacFarlane's prior movies/TV shows for their non-PC comedy and/or social commentary, then Million Ways ought to be right up your alley too. If you're not a fan of the MacFarlane comedy entertainment empire, then there's probably not much reason for you to check this one out.
A Million Ways to Die in the West opens in U.S. theaters on May 30th, 2014.