You might not have realized this before, but within half of a second of watching something, you can determine if Seth MacFarlane had some hand in its production. This, the real Golden Rule, applies across most forms of entertainment: TV, movies, and apparently novels, too. For example, his new movie, A Million Ways To Die in the West, plays out exactly like everything else I’ve ever watched by Seth. No, honestly, if you’ve ever seen one of those tangential scenes in Family Guy, sat through the Oscars “We Saw Your Boobs” song, or watched the escort poop scene in Ted, then you’ve basically already seen A Million Ways.
Technically, it’s about Albert (MacFarlane), a sheep farmer who is simultaneously getting over his recent breakup with Louise (Amanda Seyfried) and falling in love with Anna (Charlize Theron). The hijinks kick off when Louise begins dating the douchey Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), causing Albert to challenge him to a duel to win back Louise, despite never having shot a gun before. And this all happens juuust in time for the most deadly gun-slinger in the area and Anna’a husband, Clinch (Liam Neeson), to come to town and wreak havoc. And just to top off this overwhelmingly famous cast, Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi are there, too, playing Ruth, a sex worker and her boyfriend, Edward, respectively.
But, outside of those distinct plot points, this movie is everything we’ve seen before from Seth. Just look at these 8 things that happen in this movie and in every other project that he’s famous for. And then decide if it’s worth your money and two hours of your time to see in theaters what you’ve already been watching for years now.
1. So much poop humor.
And just tons of all-around crass humor. Which, yes, includes people dying from farts. I’m glad you asked about that, specifically.
2. You can’t stop picturing Brian Griffin.
Any time actual Seth speaks or voices another character, I have the hardest time separating that character from Family Guy’s Brian Griffin, who he also voiced. And by “I have the hardest time,” I mean that it’s impossible and I’ve stopped trying.
3. Seth MacFarlane is shoving Seth MacFarlane down your throat.
Because starring in something isn’t enough. He must always have at least one diatribe per project, but preferably one hundred.
4. There are celebrity cameos galore.
There are quite a few surprising celeb cameos in A Million Ways, and each one is better than the last. But I can’t help but notice how much Seth loves him a good celebrity pop-in, even if it’s an animated one. Maybe especially if it’s an animated one.
5. A random musical number breaks out.
Because it isn’t a Seth MacFarlane project unless it’s also inexplicably a musical theater one.
6. Jokes are constantly being awkwardly explained to you.
And it will be grating that he finds it necessary to do so. If you don’t believe me, just wait until one of the last scenes of A Million Ways where he spends a handful of minutes explaining a joke that wasn’t even complicated to begin with.
7. Seth’s Mila Kunis obsession will show at least once.
I wonder if Mila, herself, is aware of this? She doesn’t even appear in this movie once, but she still gets an honorable mention! Just like in most of his other shows and movies, in which she either stars or voices one of the stars.
8. You’re going to laugh out loud at things you wish you didn’t find funny.
Which I’m guessing is all a part of Seth’s overall appeal. He makes jokes about touchy subjects, but, when he executes them well, he really nails them. Anyway, it’s always okay, because everyone else around you is also LOLing.
A Million Ways To Die in the West hits theaters May 30, 2014.
(Photo: Universal Pictures via IMDb)