Ted review

A crude sentient teddy bear gets in the way of his adult owner’s relationship.

The world is a considerably better place with Seth Macfarlane in it. Through Family Guy (and others, but to a massively lesser extent), boundaries have been pushed further than any other commercial artistic adventure for one sole reason – humour.

Ted progresses in typical, recognisable Macfarlane fashion with some utterly hilarious moments, IF such extreme humour is your cup of tea. It is certainly mine and there was more than one occasion when tears were racing down my cheeks as I desperately tried to hold back laughing fits.

The concept, of a foul-mouthed, drug-taking, general layabout teddy bear isn’t breaking any ground – it’s quite an obvious comedy device and it is exploited left, right and centre. The story is even less adventurous: Something man cares about gets in the way of man’s relationship. Man struggles to distance himself from thing man cares about and gets in trouble. Man finally distances himself from thing man cares about but thing man cares about is endangered and man goes off to help thing man cares about. Man saves thing man cares about and thing man cares about actually makes man’s relationship even stronger.

Add Mark Wahlberg, one of the world’s most precisely mediocre actors, to the mix and there is a lot to get in the way of appreciating this film to any great degree. At least Meg is in it, and she’s quite good, as is Peter/Brian, actually. [Note for the lowbrow – these are Family Guy references].

Ted is heavy on outrageous action and especially dialogue and, considering most else about the film is a little banal, it is lucky for us that such moments are especially funny.

It relies too much on one single plan of attack. It is an effective ploy, if you take it for what it is, and, at the very least, it demonstrates that Seth Macfarlane is a force to be reckoned with in feature-length comedy and he is someone whose (assumingly improved) films we can look forward to in the future.

3 out of 5

31st Jul 2012 | Official site | On IMDb