Release Date: June 29, 2012
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane (Voice)
Runtime: 106 min
Seth MacFarlane hits the big screen with Ted, and it’s actually rather good.
The film opens in a small Boston town on Christmas Eve 1985, where John Bennett is having a rather difficult time making friends. On Christmas morning, he receives a teddy bear, which he grows highly attached to. He makes a wish that Ted would come to life, and voila! he does.
Then the film skips to when John is thirty-five years old, living with his girlfriend of four years, Lori, and still his thunder buddy, Ted. The film is about John, Ted and Lori’s relationship – and Lori is starting to get really fed up with Ted, and he has to try to receive a taste of the real world.
The movie actually has many laughs. It’s definitely funnier than you might think a buddy movie could ever be about an immature grown man’s relationship with his real life teddy bear, which consists of much pot smoking and movie watching.
When there are laughs, they’re really big; granted, the film does have some dull areas, as it suffers from maintaining comedic momentum throughout the entire feature (the most laughs are at the beginning and near the end). The factor of MacFarlane’s comfort zone being a 22-minute slot (as he created Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show) should definitely be considered as a factor for the lack of momentum. The film also suffers from having numerous antagonists, but I can look over that.
The film is actually quite the fun ride, has great quotes, laughs, pop culture references, a great voice-over narration (by the British voice styling of Patrick Stewart at the beginning and end of the film), and even when it is at its dull areas of the feature, it isn’t completely boring.
It also stars Joel McHale as Rex (who is just painfully unfunny) Lori’s horny boss, Giovanni Ribisi as the crazed Donny, and Patrick Warburton as the drunken co-worker, Guy.
The character of Ted is actually really funny and intriguing, the on-screen chemistry is grand, and it’s a comedy that should be cherished – as it is one of the funniest films of 2012 thus far.