Moviegeek5: Western Comedies

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All popular genres at some point becomes a well of material for spoofs and comedies. This usually happens around the time the genre has a dip in popularity. This was also true of the western genre, which was massive and influential from the 1930s until the 1960s, where it went into a steep decline. Comparatively few western have been made since, and many of them have been comedies or spoofs. And let’s be honest, there is plenty of material to draw on. Below we have gathered five examples (click the movie titles to read our review of the film) they are quite diverse, but all share a western setting.

 

Check out the list below and let us know in the comments below what you think! What other western comedies can you recommend?

 

Blazing Saddles (1974)

When you mention Mel Brooks you instantly think comedies. Though his most famous and beloved is perhaps Young Frankenstein (1974), this charming western comedy has its fair share of fans. A fine parody on the western genre it keeps you laughing throughout thanks to great performances as well as a decent soundtrack. A classic of its genre.

 

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Wagons East (1994)

This western comedy shows a great range of jokes as well as John Candy in more subtle than usual performance in what was unfortunately his last, as he died during filming. While not reaching the heights of Blazing Saddles, the movie has its high points (John McGinley being one) and is a charming entry on the list.

 

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Casa de mi Padre (2012)

This is without doubt the oddest entry on the list. Will Ferrell comedies have a tendency to be odd as it is (to the pleasure of some and the terror of others), but a comedy molded on Mexican soap operas almost completely in Spanish is perhaps to odd for some. For others it’s probably one of Ferrell’s funniest. It’s hard to describe exactly how odd it is, you’ll have to see for yourself, but it does have a distinctly classic western feel, despite being set in our time.

 

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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Seth MacFarlane has a sense of humour that isn’t universal, but if you tend to enjoy and share his style this is the movie for you. More than just a bunch of dirty jokes, A Million Ways is an at times sweet story with likable characters and love-to-hate villains. Movie fans will enjoy spotting the many references to both other movies by MacFarlane as well as other westerns.

 

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The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

Another western comedy requiring a certain taste in comedies. Director Frank Coraci has worked several times with leading star Adam Sandler, so needless to say it helps if you tend to enjoy the comedies of Sandler. If on the other hand you are familiar with his movies, and perhaps even a fan, then all you have to do is picture him in a western and then you pretty much get the sense of this far-out western comedy. Also, it sports an impressive support cast of surprising cameos.

 

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