Movie Review: Ted

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Ted (2012)

R 106 min  -  Comedy | Fantasy  -   29 June 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 7.7/10 from 47,662 users   Metascore: 62/100
Reviews: 273 user | 218 critic | 37 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Seth MacFarlane

Writers:

Seth MacFarlane (story), Seth MacFarlane (screenplay), and 2 more credits »

Stars:

Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

I enjoy most of Seth MacFarlane’s work (except The Cleveland Show, which stinks) though I think Family Guy’s best days are behind them, still I had heard good things about this movie and I decided to finally see it.Hot smile

Main Points:

The movie takes a fairly common fantasy idea (a child’s toy comes to life) and asks the question, what happen when that kid becomes an adult?

Seth MacFarlane of course does the voice of Ted, the magical bear who comes to life because of John Bennett’s (played by Mark Wahlberg) wish, and does his usual offbeat, wacky, adult and sometimes very funny humour. Patrick Stewart does the voice over at the beginning and end of the movie, he is hilarious! Smile Hearing Stewart curse and swear like a sailor was a treat. Patrick Warburton (who does the voice of Joe from Family Guy) is very funny in the few scenes he’s in and is some I’ve enjoyed way back from his Seinfeld days.

Mila Kunis plays Lori Collins, John’s very patient girlfriend.   The plot isn’t all that important. There are a few twists and turns but I found the end to be rather predictable. There are plenty of funny parts and good performances from all those involved. One part goes for the gross out, toilet humour, and I thought it cheapened the movie and was not funny, just disgusting.Annoyed

SPOILERT ALERT!

One of the best scenes is with Sam Jones (of Flash Gordon fame) and is a turning point in the movie. At this point Ted has moved out of the apartment with John and Lori but entices John to come to his party to meet their childhood hero. Lori by now has given John several chances to not spend so much time with Ted and he pushes her over the edge with this party. The party itself is a hoot Open-mouthed smile. I’ll admit to not having seen FG but I still enjoyed this scene very much.

Ted is later kidnapped by a very strange father and son and John (who is reunited with Lori) come to save him. This is where the movie finally begins to fall apart. There is a chase and Ted is terribly hurt and “dies”. It was obvious to me that Lori who has now come to love and accept Ted wishes him back to life.

Final Thoughts:

If you’re a Seth MacFarlane fan you need to see this movie, at least eventually. It seems that a lot of comedies (and a lot of movies) just go on a little too long. I think at least 10 minutes could have been shaved off this movie. Near the end I was getting a little bored. I suppose I had high expectations but I can’t say this movie was hilarious as some of my recent favourites like The Hangover or Get him to the Greek. I would recommend it on a cheap night and I give it 7/10. Thumbs up Next week (or sooner) a change of pace with a book review. Until then I am as always…

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