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.
If dick and fart jokes told by a childrens toy is your idea of a good time, this might make you laugh. Personally I thought this movie sucked because the jokes were lame and tired. This might have worked back in the 90's before the whole gross-out-comedy-thing exploded. Now, it's just a rehash of every single Hollywood comedy from the last ten years, but with a teddybear. Really desperate and sad...
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.
Works for a few laughs and mostly because of shit Ted says. Whalberg and Kunis are on automatic, though the cameos really did work. Nice watching once but I don't think it will fare better on repeated viewings.
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.