Ted – Review
Seth McFarlane brings his raunchy Family Guy humor to the big screen in the form of a loveable talking teddy bear. Ted is one of those films you’re almost ashamed to laugh out loud to. Seth McFarlane has made a career on showing us what we’ve always wanted to see, but were afraid to ask… dirty, filthy fun!
As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
Ted is funny… funny as hell! There are a lot of references though that will fly right over younger audience’s heads. I’m a huge fan of Sam Jones’ Flash Gordon and when the first reference hit me, I was instantly in tears… but when the full Sam Jones segment started, Ted hit its peak. I was close to death, I was laughing so hard. By the time Wahlberg left the party I swear to god my face was purple and I was gasping for air. It’s then that you look around and notice that you’re one of only a handful of people who really got it. This unfortunately was the highest point of the film for me. I could have walked out at that moment and been perfectly content. Was the rest of the film bad… not at all, but it fell into very familiar territory, almost falling backwards into chic flic territory. Ted as a whole is very funny, but it feels somewhat unbalanced as it peaks too early in its second act.
Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis have great chemistry and both deliver excellent performances. They are joined by an awesome supporting cast including Joel McHale (Community), Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warbuton (Rules of Engagement), and Matt Walsh (Veep). Of course, the CG teddy bear Ted, voiced by McFarlane himself is fantastic, and steals the show when on screen, but it’s really hard not to envision Peter Griffin (Family Guy) delivering most of his lines.
Overall, Ted is hilariously raunchy, and sometimes over the top. Unfortunately a lot of its jokes are going to be missed by the younger generations flocking to see it, but that really doesn’t affect it’s value. Ted is definitely worth seeing, and it’s guaranteed to have you laughing in the aisles!