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Ted Review

Ted (15)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score: 3 /5

I’m not really sure where to begin. Ted is a very interesting film produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane, who is best known for being the creator of the animated sitcom Family Guy. This is the first movie debut that MacFarlane has made and alongside Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, he plays the voice of Ted.

Mark Wahlberg plays easy going guy John Bennett, who was a lonely and unhappy child. That was until Christmas Day in 1985, when he got a teddy bear as a present and called it Teddy. John took Teddy everywhere and was happy to have a friend at last, however one night he wished upon a falling star (not quite your Pinocchio story) that Teddy was able to come to life, and the following day he did. Next we see Teddy become “Ted”, and the miracle of him spreads around the country. Ted becomes a national sensation, going on TV shows and appearing on magazine covers, however Ted was only briefly a celebrity and his time in the spotlight came to an end. Twenty five years later, Ted (now voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and John have “grown up” and are living together with John’s girlfriend, Lori, played by Mila Kunis. Ted is a certainly not a cute child’s teddy bear anymore, he’s foul-mouthed, has a love for casual sex and drugs and is possessive of John, which doesn’t really work for Lori. She
has put up with John’s little companion for four years and is fed up with sharing her man with a talking toy bear. So on their anniversary dinner she gives John an ultimatum. Either she goes or Ted does.

There were some great scenes such as Ted’s house party, his job interviews and flashback scenes. But my favourite scene has to be when there was a thunderstorm and John’s in bed frightened. Ever since the pair became best friends when John was eight years old they promised to always stay “thunder buddies for life.” So as the storm becomes more thunderous, Ted runs in and jumps into the bed between John and Lori, and the guys sing “the thunder song”, causing the audience to laugh out loud.

Wahlberg played the character of John Bennett well and has proved in the past that he can do comedy when he appeared in The Othe­­r Guys in 2010. However I think he’s been better in films such as The Italian Job (2003), The Departed (2006) and Shooter (2007). Unlike Mila Kunis who fitted into her comic role well. She has previously starred in comedy films before, such as Friends with Benefits (2011) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), but is known for playing Meg Griffin from Family Guy.

Although there are some cheesy moments of the film, and the storyline does seem a bit strange when a creepy man and his son get involved, the movie is very funny. The film does not run out of steam, the screenplay was well written and there are a number of humorous one-liners.

I am personally not sure whether I was laughing non-stop during the film due to the comic entertainment or the fact that I wasted an hour and a half of my life watching a grown man talking to a cuddly teddy.

So why don’t you check out this cute-as-a-button swearing teddy bear down at your local cinema and see what you think of it.  

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  1. January 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Good review. I’m not a fan of Family Guy, so when I saw this and realized how freakin’ clever Seth MacFarlane really can be, I was taken aback and had a great time with this flick. Ted is such a great character, too, and Wahlberg works so well with him.

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