BY CARMELA FERRO
Ted was brought to us by musical, comical and animated mastermind, Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy. If you’re a fan of his you’ll enjoy this movie and if not there are still some reasons to give it a shot.
One Christmas when John Bennett was a boy, he made a wish to bring his one and only friend Teddy to life. Twenty-some odd years later John (Mark Wahlberg) is a 35-year-old slacker and is still living with his foul-mouthed teddy bear. Ted (Seth MacFarlane) is a great friend, but a bad influence and is constantly getting between John and his girlfriend of 4 years, Lori Collins (Mila Kunis).
Lori wants to have a mature adult relationship, she wants John to have a steady job and some focus in his life, however Ted’s influence of smoking weed, heavy drinking and fleshy women is a little too much for Lori to handle. When Ted moves out, John still struggles with how to balance both relationships and their friendship is put to the test.
Aside from Seth MacFarlane’s signature knack for crude, raunchy and politically incorrect humour the film is packed with some heartwarming moments. It actually rounds out as a sweet comedy about long-lasting friendship and what it really takes to grow up. Littered with laugh out loud jokes, obscure pop-culture references and ridiculously awesome Boston accents this movie is a perfect live-action example of Seth’s brand of comedy.
I broke down the movie into some graded categories to help you decide if this movie is for you.
Story : C
The plot is your basic story of a guy trying to grow up and struggling to balance his time and affection between his romantic and bromantic relationships.
You could easily put on Family Guy or American Dad to get the same music, feel and type of jokes that Ted provides, minus the real-life characters. However, I can’t recall ever seeing a film with a grown man hanging out with his real-life Teddy bear, so there’s points for that.
Narrated by Patrick Stewart. I don’t think I need to go any further, however Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Seth MacFarlane appear to work very well together.
Cameos/Guest Stars: A+
Alex Borstein, Norah Jones, Tom Skerritt, Ray Romano, Ted Danson and perhaps in the greatest of 80’s flashback fashion, Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones)!
Celebrity Zings: B
Again you could watch Family Guy or American Dad to hear some good jokes making fun of the rich and famous, but Ted does a good job of providing these too.
Fart/Poop Jokes: A+
They are solid, even the fart ones, not literally, but figuratively. Maybe you’re too old or too cool for bathroom humour, but Ted provides some seriously hilarious scenes that transcend any traditional bodily function jokes that you’ve ever seen.
DVD Extras: There are sure to be some extra laughs in the deleted scenes, alternate takes, the gag reel (sure to be gold) and a commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Marky Mark.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGW5gpMU9yo]
If you aren’t feeling the movie at least check out this R-rated trailer for what might be one of Mark Wahlberg’s best moments. You can find it at 2:05.