If you are on the fence to go see the new Seth MacFarlane movie, “Ted”, do yourself a favor and enjoy the trailer first.
In MacFarlane’s big-screen debut he hit a home-run with a hilarious, (but predictable) feel-good movie about a teddy bear that is wished alive by his lifetime “thunder buddy” John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Fast-forward 25 years and the movie unfolds into John’s mid-30′s and his life with the raucous Ted and gorgeous girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis).
While it would be too easy to share the premise and plot, you should see it for the comedy spectacle and outrageous one-liners that MacFarlane did a great job pushing the envelope. Some parallel humor you might expect from his TV series, the Family Guy, however he kicks this into a whole other gear.
Ted is a lovable character that after enjoying fame early in life, he takes to the bong and re-runs of 80′s TV shows. Problem is, Ted brings John Bennett along for the dead-end ride and the story is predictable in John’s need to make his own choices and life with/ without his childhood BFF.
What captured me was the set-up and sequence of events and non-stop laughs. Ted as a teddy bear is plain and simply, crude. The foul mouth, hooker-loving, pot-smoking buddy is hard not to like but his one-liners (MacFarlane’s voice) are laugh-out-loud good. The humor may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it was worthy if you are prepared for it. The reference and vast use of CLASSIC 80′s characters and themes was outstanding in every right too.
This was a good flick for Wahlberg; especially after a memorable role in ‘The Fighter.’ He brings light-hearted fun, credibility, and a million-dollar smile to the screen. Keep your expectations in-check and enjoy the entertainment for what it’s worth.
Ted is a winner.
-Review by Ted Milburn, movie critic for Celebrity Smack