Ted, Film Review
From the creator of Family Guy and American Dad comes Ted. Staring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, following a man and his teddy bear, who comes to life as a result of a childhood wish.
This is Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut serve up laughs that just keep on rolling with regularity from beginning to end. There is admittedly something a bit weird about a premise that might keep some viewers away, otherwise belly up for a good gross-out comedy.
Ted, naturally, is a one-of-the-kind walking and talking teddy that becomes a national celebrity in 1985. But even a talking bear becomes old after a while and a quarter-century later, Ted suffers the fate of many child stars, indulging in major substance abuse while living in the past.
Ted lives with his best friend John (Wahlberg), who at 35, still spends to much time with the bear getting high. John girlfriend Lori (Kunis) is more tolerant of Ted than John deserves, but on their 4th anniversary of being together, cues certain expectations in her that John is not yet ready to offer.
With that John tell Ted that he has to find a new place to live, while stay best friends.
John helps Ted find a job and a new apartment to live, while he tires to prove to Lori that he is ready to grow-up and move forward in there relationship together.
The film find it true nostalgic in the 80’s, or least in a wildly unanticipated mining of its drugged-out ethos personified by Sam Jones, the long-forgotten star of the much-maligned 1980 film Flash Gordon.
Ted calls to insist that John join him at a bash with their all-time favourite actor, the self-same Jones. The latter parties like its 1980, all right, starting by downing shots and moving on quickly to mounds of coke in a wildly frenetic and pretty outrageous sequence topped by an irate Asian neighbour’s duck pecking the crap out of the obscene Ted. Jones, who remains in excellent shape as he approaches 60, is very game and should get a nice little career boost.
There are also cameo from singer Norah Jones who had a thing with Ted some years back and he was pretty good for a guy without the usual equipment. There is even a blink and you miss him Ryan Reynolds. You’ll be doing double takes just to make sure it was him.
Giovanni Ribisi and Aedin Mincks play a creepy father and son who plot to kidnap Ted. Patrick Stewart is hilarious as the Narrator at the begging and end of the film.
If you like MacFarlane’s TV shows you’ll love Ted and even if you don’t you’ll still find something that will make you laugh.
I give Ted 4 out of 5.
Frank: You think you got what it takes?
Ted: I’ll tell you what I got. Your wife’s p***y on my breath.
Frank: Nobody’s ever spoken to me like that before.
Ted: That’s because their mouths were full of your wife’s box.
Frank: You’re hired.