Movie Review: Ted
Jun 30, 2012 / 11:32 am
I have been a big fan and avid viewer of Seth McFarlane's animated comedy show Family Guy ever since it first aired back in 1999. Its off-the-wall style of humour, heavily reliant on multiple pop culture references, likes to push the envelope quite a bit. In his hilarious new comedy film, Ted, Seth doesn't just push the envelope, he plows through it with a Mack truck.
Ted is a rude, crude, equal opportunity offender that is often times laugh-out-loud funny but it's also a sweet, sentimental, heartwarming tale of friendship and love.
The film begins in a small town in Massachusetts circa 1985 where a young boy named John receives a cuddly teddy bear for Christmas, and since he's so lonely and doesn't have any friends, he wishes upon a star to turn Teddy into a walking and talking friend for life. Of course when this happens, Teddy becomes somewhat of a celebrity, even appearing on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson (an effect that is done seamlessly I might add). But like all flash-in-the-pan young stars, eventually people just stop caring and Teddy's celebrity fades.
Jump to present day now where John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted are living in a Boston apartment together and spending most of their time smoking pot, eating munchies and watching their favourite film Flash Gordon (the cheesy 1980 version with Sam Jones). John works a dead-end job at a car rental company and seems to be going nowhere but somehow he has managed to maintain a four-year relationship with a beautiful, successful and ever patient woman named Lori (Mila Kunis). Lori is starting to get antsy though and wants a more serious commitment from John, and of course this gets in the way of his bromance with Ted. This is basically the central conflict of the film: John, the good hearted, well intentioned guy wants to please both of the people he cares most about but ends up repeatedly disappointing them. There are a couple a subplots involving an obsessed "fan" of Ted who wants to steal him for his son (Giovanni Ribisi creepily plays the weirdo dad) and also Lori's douchebag of a boss (Joel McHale) who keeps hitting on her to no avail.
If the idea of a cute and cuddly stuffed teddy bear hurling constant obscenities, doing drugs and partying with hookers makes you laugh then Ted is the movie for you. Even though some of the jokes fell flat from time to time, Ted had me laughing a lot throughout and I was thoroughly entertained by it all. Mark Wahlberg does a great job having to play the straight man to the absurd and silly situations that Ted involves him in. He creates a character you want to root for, and his chemistry with Mila Kunis makes them a really cute and likable couple. Mila is just adorable as always. Seth McFarlane, who wrote and directed the film, is the voice of Ted and he puts on his thickest Baahston accent while providing a constant source of vulgar hilarity. There are numerous cameos in the film which I don't want to ruin but needless to say if you're a child of the eighties then you might crack a smile or two.
While lewd and crass, at its heart Ted is a sweet story about the need to grow up and the everlasting bonds of friendship. It's a fun movie that has more comedy hits than misses but be sure to leave the kids at home for this one.
If you don't get offended easily then go check out Ted.
I give Ted a 7.5 out of 10.
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