MacFarlane's latest comedy is equal parts clever meta-Western, disgusting lowbrow comedy, even-more disgusting tribute to bodily fluids, and occasional showcase for talented comedic actors. It's not surprising, given MacFarlane's years of luring A-listers to guest voice on his animated shows, that the ensemble cast is so notable, including high-profile cameos and secondary characters (like Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman, who play Albert's reliable best friend, Edward, and his prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold girlfriend, Ruth, respectively). Unfortunately, the cast's talent and the laugh-out-loud moments are completely pulled under by the weight of the disgusting jokes, some of which are so cringe-worthy and crass that adult audiences will want to close their eyes lest they gag.
If diarrhea jokes, sheep penises, and semen are your thing, this is definitely the movie for you. But most likely the movie's unnecessary shock-value scenes will take away from what is every now and then a genuinely funny and even sweet story, leaving you alternately amused, revolted, grossed out, and downright disappointed. No doubt MacFarlane's many fans will flock to this like the sheep Albert tends, but others may want to pass on the bodily fluid-obsessed comedy.