A lonely young boy makes a wish that his teddy bear could talk, and through some magic the wish is granted. This sounds quite lovely, but this film is far from a child’s fairytale. Check out the review of the rather adult comedy after the jump.
When John Bennett (Mark Walhberg) was a child he was quite awkward and didn’t have many friends. This all changed when one Christmas he wishes for his teddy bear to come alive so that he can have a best friend forever. Through some miracle Ted (Seth MacFarlane) comes to life and a life-long friendship is born. Fast-forward 5 years and John is in a bit of a rut. He works in a low-level car rental job that he hates, he has been dating his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) for 8 years (but has not plans or ideals for their future), and spends most of his spare time taking drugs and drinking with the foul-mouthed Ted.
After one-too-many stuff ups (mostly involving John neglecting Lori for Ted) and John’s inability to compromise, Lori breaks up with John and moves out. Ted (who feels guilty for his role in the break-up) decides to make it his mission to reunite John and Lori, and mend the special friendship that the threesome have. But John and Lori’s split isn’t the only problem in Ted’s life – Ted also has to deal with a rather persistent admirer who won’t take no for an answer.
Ted is a very adult comedy, and unlike most “R-rated” comedies this year, it is one which I had a lot of fun with. Sure the humour is crude and sometimes a little offensive, but the film has a big heart and is never malicious in any way. Fans of creator Seth MacFarlene’s work on Family Guy are going to love this film – Ted is almost like a younger, uncensored version of Peter. For those who aren’t fans or are unfamiliar with Family Guy, there is still plenty to like here with a fun story, great comedic set pieces, and solid performances from Wahlberg (who is surprisingly funny) and Kunis. A few very clever cameos and a bit of poking fun at celebrities and pop culture adds to the overall fun.
The strong characters are what elevates this above your average comedy. The three characters have very unique and interesting relationships with each other, and these all come into play at different stages in the film. Of course at the heart of the film is the unusual, yet relatable bromance between Ted and John – they are just two big kids who are clinging on to their youth and are refusing to grow up. While there may be one too many sex jokes (there are some things I don’t need to see toy bears doing), the good-natured message of the importance of friendship, which lies at the centre of this film , ultimately makes it worth the watch.
A laugh-out-loud comedy that is entertaining and surprisingly big-hearted. Ted certainly delivers the laughs.
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Writer(s): Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Release date(s): Australia: July 5 2012; New Zealand: July 12 2012; USA: June 29 2012