The National, Friday 13th July, 2012
FAMILY Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as the writer, director and voice star of Ted.
John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) lives with his best friend Ted who happens to be a teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). Their friendship is enhanced beyond compare when one night, John makes a wish upon a shooting star to have his Teddy come to life. Thanks to some impressive CGI and of course the star’s mystical powers, Ted comes to life.
The talking teddy bear quickly wins world acclaim in the 80s turning Bennett and Ted into celebrities. However, once their fifteen minutes were up, their lives lost direction.
John now works at a car hire chain, while Ted sits at home smoking pot and watching daytime TV. Meanwhile, John’s long-term girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) begins to realise Ted is holding John back from success, not to mention causing a rift in their relationship. So eventually and unavoidably, she propositions him: it’s either me or the bear. It is around this proposition that the film is built and it is upon the concept of getting rid of one friend or the other that the climax unfolds.
The film consists mainly of situational humor, like when John must choose between a classy gathering hosted by Lori’s egotistical boss (Joel McHale) and a wild party raging on at Ted’s, he chooses to do the most bizarre thing in an attempt to attend both events leading to a barrage of laugh out loud scenes of pure funniness.
While it’s not going to be for everyone, cinemagoers who are onboard with Ted’s wacky humor and crude antics will likely find that MacFarlane has delivered an entertaining live-action comedy debut. Aside from that, the scene to scene narrative elements don’t offer many surprises, but considering they revolve around an R-Rated talking Teddy Bear, most scenes still manage to present plenty of fresh laughs and, from time to time, heart -warming character moments.
Overall, Ted is a good film for viewers who have had a hard week and just want to have a good laugh. The novelty of watching films such as this is that they are funny when you first watch them, but as soon as the end credits come up and the cinema begins to clear out, you realise that you won’t need to be watching Ted again for a long while.