Director: Seth MacFarlane
Screenplay: Seth MacFarlane, discount Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane
Ever since the trailer first came out during commercials during Family Guy, I have wanted to see “TED”. It is THE comedy of the summer that I was looking forward to.
For those who haven’t seen the trailer, TED is about the speaking, walking teddy bear that comes to life because a young boy named John wished he would come to life and be his best friend forever. Fast forward 25 (or so) years later. TED aka “Teddy” smokes pot, hits on girls and brings them home. It’s not only John that lives with Ted, but John’s long time girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) as well. She’s fed up with the lack of responsibility that John takes on and wants Ted to move out. So… the story begins.
The idea will either seem stupid or hilarious to people. Seeing as I rather enjoy Family Guy and see Ted as a real life Brian/Peter of sorts in the form of a cute and cuddly bear, the concept really tickled my funny bone. Being Seth McFarlane’s first feature film, I felt that “TED” was like a live-action Family Guy, but with more sentiment and more emotion than I had expected. It turned out a lot less crass and crude, especially given what is normally encountered weekly on “Family Guy”. But TED definitely deserves its “R” rating as the amount of swearing would be a bit too much for any parent. But it seems that Seth Macfarlane is fairly polarizing (as is Mark Wahlberg). So, if you have a strong distaste for either of these people, one would say to stay far away from “TED”.
One might think that TED would lack a clear story, but it has a fairly nice story arc, and even a side story with Giovanni Ribisi’s character that would tickle anyone’s creepy yet funny bone at the very same time. The movie is full of great one-liners that one is sure to chuckle about once the movie is over.
What was a nice surprise was that most of the scenes from the trailer are seen in the first thirty minutes of the film, leaving most of the movie to be fresh and new to the viewer. This is not the case for most films out today where it seems trailer after trailer released reveals so much about a film to the point the viewer feels they have seen the entire film. This is definitely not the case with “TED”.
Some people are turned off by Mark Wahlberg which is a shame, because he’s in reality, a fairly diverse actor. He can do cool, he can do corny and funny, and he can also do sentiment. He’s pitch perfect here, and fairly funny. Mark Wahlberg is new to the world of Seth McFarlane, as many people will recognize actors that have worked with McFarlane in the past, mostly from “Family Guy”.
For the most part, it was an incredibly enjoyable and tells a similar story of the “loser friend” that the main character must grow out of in order to become a more responsible person and mature into an adult so he can have be the proper boyfriend to his girlfriend. If you can handle crude humor, “TED” is the movie for you. Endearing yet funny, “TED” is so far my favorite comedy of the summer, and I think it will be a hard one to beat.
Teddy bear that talks? Check. CRUDE teddy bear that talks? Check. Mark Wahlberg, check. What a fun summer movie – highly recommend! Four Thunder Buddies / Five Thunder Buddies
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