Why I nearly threw up watching A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane's spoof Western has plenty of gags - but one of them made Susanna Lazarus actually gag...

I like toilet humour. Buckets of it. And while my involuntary cackling at farts, burps and poo jokes usually results in raised eyebrows, it’s not something I’m ashamed of.  


But sat in the cinema watching Seth MacFarlane’s new flick A Million Ways to Die in the West, I found my funny bone severely put to the test. And not just because the gags that actually made me laugh were few and far between. No, because one of them made me actually gag. I’ve never felt so sick in a cinema – I even took note of the nearest exit in case I needed to make a dash. 

Why? Well, I’m not going to spoil things for you folk planning to spend your hard-earned cash on going to see it. What I will say is the scene in question involves two hats and an almighty amount of poop. 

I pride myself in having a strong stomach and MacFarlane shares my juvenile sense of humour but, for me, he took it too far. It was gratuitous grossness. Not funny, just nausea-inducing and I wasn’t alone in my disgust – our screening room omitted a collective groan as *it* happened. 

As for the film itself, while the performances are all good, it’s a half-hearted effort from MacFarlane, never threatening to reach the dizzy heights of 2012’s Ted. The spoof Western set in the 1880s sees the Family Guy creator make his live acting debut as hapless sheep farmer Albert Stark who is ditched by his social climbing girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) but finds comfort in the bosom of town newcomer Anna (Charlize Theron). 

The cast is undoubtedly star-studded (Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman also feature) and I’m not going to pretend I didn’t chuckle at times. I did. But I will always remember A Million Ways to Die in the West as the film I nearly threw up in.

In case this piece wasn’t enough of a warning, be warned (again). This trailer contains some potentially vomit-inducing scenes…


A Million Ways to Die in the West is released in UK cinemas on Friday 28 May