OKLAHOMA CITY, June 29, 2012—When young John’s (Mark Wahlberg) wish that his teddy bear would come to life is granted, they both grow up. Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) both grow up? Ted enjoyed minor fame as a youthful bear because, well, he is a talking teddy bear, but is now washed up and still living with John who works at a rental car place.
John’s girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) likes Ted, but is ready for both of them to grow up.
John feels like he has to pick between his best stuffed friend and his special lady, ultimately asking Ted to move out. From there the movie goes from Ted getting a job and a girlfriend to a kidnapping plot. Somewhere in there is supposed to be some heart.
MacFarlane wrote and directed his first movie and anyone who watches the TV show Family Guy knows that it’s creator loves pop culture references, and there are plenty of them in Ted.
From ET to Indiana Jones to Flash Gordon, they’re all there.
The movie is also pretty ruanchy, including drug use, nudity and language. But hey, who wouldn’t want to see a teddy bear with cocaine all over his nose?
The movie is funny. At times very funny. The plot is silly, but it is done well, putting us in a world where a wish can come true and a talking bear can be a guest on Carson.
Wahlberg is good at playing a dimwit, and for once doesn’t do his sing-songy whine that we have become accustomed to.
While MacFarlane is very talented, some of the scenes show how green he is as a director. Ending scenes abruptly at times, introducing characters that we don’t see for the rest of the movie and going to the well too many times for the afore mentioned pop culture references.
It should be mentioned that this is not a kid’s movie since the stuffed bear at the urinal on the poster didn’t give it away to the family of five at the theate. Do not bring children.
Ted is definitely worth seeing with plenty of laughs throughout. In the long line of R-rated comedies to come out recently, Ted definitely holds its own.
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