Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that A Million Ways to Die in the West is a raunchy comedy from star-director-producer Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) that's guaranteed to appeal to teens, despite (or, frankly, because of) the extremely crude content. There's near-constant profanity, including crass terms for sex, genitalia, and sexual positions (as well as "f--k," "s--t," and all the other usual suspects). Although there's only one nude scene (a man's behind), there are tons of references to sex -- including prostitution, oral sex, and virginity -- throughout the movie. Characters drink, smoke, and do drugs (with some consequences shown for the latter). And as the title suggests, violence in the Wild West is the overarching theme of the story, so there are deaths due to gun and knife violence, random animal attacks, natural disasters, and more. Despite all of this, the movie does give its characters some redeeming qualities, and themes of friendship, real love, and believing in yourself run through the film.
Constant references to sex, including crass terms and conversations. One of the key characters, Ruth, is a prostitute who freely discusses her job with her boyfriend (with whom she is celibate). Ruth is told that her breath smells like oral sex and is shown with semen on her cheek. The madam tells Ruth that a man wants sex in a particular position, and later she complains about being sore. She and a customer can be heard having sex and saying crude things to each other. The humor includes many double-meaning jokes and one-liners, like when Albert tells Anna he's going to "shoot a full load on your cans" when they're working on his marksmanship. A man's naked behind is not only shown in close up, but then a woman sticks a flower between his cheeks. There's also a close-up of a sheep's penis urinating and a shadow simulation of oral sex. A woman sucks on a man's mustache while he pleasures himself. Reference to anal sex. And more!
It's all played for humor, but people are constantly in peril and die in a wide variety of ways in the movie's Wild West: getting crushed by ice, run over by animals, shot, stabbed, poisoned, burned, impaled, etc. People are killed with weapons (mostly guns and knives), by disease, and even by their own toxic flatulence. Other violence includes dismemberment, a dead body being dragged by wolves, death, and discussions of violence. Characters fight with fists and weapons.
Nearly every line of dialogue in the movie has an expletive, most prominently "f--k" (both as an exclamation and a euphemism for sex) and "s--t," but also "a--hole," "p---y," "d--k" (the body part and the insult), "son of a bitch," "bitch," "c--k," "hell," "jerk," "crap," and "whore." Religious exclamations such as "Jesus!," "Jesus Christ," and "goddamn" are also said frequently. Native Americans are referred to as Indians (which would have been accurate in time the movie takes place in).
Amid all of its debauched jokes, the movie does have positive messages about friendship, loving someone who actually loves you back for who you are (not just because they're attractive or successful), believing in yourself, and lending a hand to a friend in need.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main characters don't get drunk quite as often/severely as the background characters do, but there are many scenes in a saloon/whorehouse, with lots of drinking and smoking. Anna makes a pot brownie and rolls a cigarette. Albert partakes of both and additionally imbibes a hallucinogenic when he's with Native Americans. He also rides a horse drunk. The movie shows the consequences of drug use, particularly paranoia and confusion.