John Bennett is a grown man who has never outgrown his beloved teddy bear, Ted. A childhood wish enabled Ted to come to life as the foul-mouthed, belching brethren that won’t leave John’s side. A live action comedy debut for creator of Family Guy,Seth MacFarlane.
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3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Admittedly, Ted is nothing more than a live-action episode of Family Guy minus the Griffin family. You don't need to be a Family Guy fan to enjoy Ted but it definitely won't hurt. The smaller jokes were funnier than the ones that fished for the bigger laughs but I enjoyed Ted way more than I thought I would. Flash Gordon references never hurt, either.
Though there are moments that are quintessentially "family guy", for the most part, the movie is genuinely funny! The friendship that Marky Mark forms with a talking teddy bear is handled with endearment. It feels as though Seth MacFarlane is maturing a little bit in his Comedy Status. Glad to see it happen.
Honestly, this movie wasn't nearly as boring or run of the mill as the marketing made it out to be. Although the central plot and characters were boring (and the poor choice to have Ted sound exactly like Peter Griffin was awful and distracting) it was the cameos and secondary characters that had some truly funny moments. Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton in particular were real gems.
As always, Seth MacFarlane manages to both poke fun at, and sentimentally embrace comedy tropes with incredible success -- "Ted" is a terrific comedy full of hilarious movie references and ballsy humor.
Like any Family Guy episode, all over the map, but the funny stuff is very funny. Ted is a superb special effects creation. It was also good to see that Sam (Flash...AAAAHHH) Jones looks as you would expect him to after all these years. This movie points out a great truth; if an actual magical miracle happened, people would soon get over it.
Gleefully irreverent comedy from Seth McFarlane follows the travails of a little boy whose teddy bear magically comes to life. But when he grows up, having a foul mouthed talking teddy bear proves less magic than burdensome, making it difficult to grow up. Riotously funny, TED is rude, crude, and inappropriate in all the best ways. A stroke of comedic genius.