Arizona, 1882; sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) due to a lack of ambition and courage, but a newcomer (Charlize Theron) in town tries to help him win her back. MacFarlane’s second directing effort reunites the same writers who made Ted (2012) so funny, but results this time are disappointing. Scattershot laughs in efforts to poke fun at Wild West myths, marred by a lumbering final half hour and too many cheap (sheep?) jokes. Blazing Saddles it ain’t, but we do get a terrific nod to Back to the Future.
2014-U.S. 116 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Seth MacFarlane. Screenplay: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild. Cast: Seth MacFarlane (Albert Stark), Charlize Theron (Anna), Liam Neeson (Clinch Leatherwood), Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris… Sarah Silverman. Cameos: Christopher Lloyd, Ryan Reynolds, Jamie Foxx, Bill Maher, Ewan McGregor.
Trivia: Co-produced by MacFarlane.