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.
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn
As the opening scenes roll we are launched into what seems like a heartfelt Christmas story about a young boy named John in Boston waking up on Christmas morning with a big cuddly stuffed animal under the tree. He names his new best friend Ted and one night he wishes that Ted could come to life and that they could hang out for real and be best friends forever. The only difference between this wish and those of every other kid around the world is this one comes true. Ted becomes very famous in American culture in the 80’s but as soon as he rises, he falls and lands right where he started, best friends with John. The movie quickly becomes less heartfelt and less cuddly as Patrick Stewart on narration fast forwards us to 30 years when Ted and John are still indeed best friends, but the type that sit in the basement of Johns place and re-watch 80’s movies of Flash Gordon and smoke bong-loads of weed called Gorilla Panic” because the only other options were weed called “They’re coming! They’re coming!” and “something called This Is Permanent” John has managed to snag a very impressive girlfriend, gorgeous and successful Lori (Mila Kunis) He has managed to snag a less impressive job at a local rent a car place where we find out his boss (Matt Walsh) is only making 38K a year.
Written and directed by Seth Macfarlane “Ted” has the jokes that make it my favorite comedy of the year so far (miles ahead of “21 Jumpstreet”, that was my previous “favorite”) but it also has enough intrigue to keep the viewer locked in the whole time. I am a huge Family Guy fan and although I heard many comparisons about the whole movie consisting of a bunch of cutaway jokes, I think that it is much more of a standard comedy. Most of the jokes come from Ted who is a cute CGI created bouncy Teddy Bear, saying things that most standup comedians wouldn’t get away with. The story is driven by the friendship of the Man-child and Bear which is creating a rift in the relationship of the Man and his girlfriend. Who has hung on way to long as is. There is also a subplot consisting of a creepy father (Giovanni Ribisi) and his young boy who are trying to buy/steal/bear-nap Ted and have him as their own. From the looks of it, if they have their way, Ted has some very unfortunate physical and sexual abuse coming his way!
I thought the movie was as brilliant as a raunchy comedy can be. The best that I have seen of the genre in a long time. Due to its hilariously offensive dialogue, plot and story lines, it is an absolute miss for children drawn to it by the fun looking cuddly teddy bear, but for the same reasons and absolute must see Mcfarlane/ Family guy fans.