Ted – Movie Review
Seth MacFarlane’s first feature film, starring a foul mouthed teddy bear, is actually pretty good.
The usual yadda yadda yadda; spoilers herein and all that. If you don’t want to know what happens, don’t read any further.
A young boy named John, who will grow up to be Mark Wahlberg, wishes at Christmas that his teddy bear would come to life and be his best friend forever and ever. His wish comes true and soon Ted is a minor celebrity. Then, as with many child stars, his celebrity fades and he joins John in being a deadbeat stoner. John has a girlfriend, played by Mila Kunis aka Meg Griffin, who wants Ted to move out so they can move forward in their relationship. Naturally hilarity ensues. Joel McHale plays Lori’s creepy boss, who is trying to steal her away. This plot never really goes anywhere. There’s also a subplot involving Giovanni Ribisi as a super-creepy fan who wants to take Ted home for his kid. The moustache. It deserves its own sentence.
The film is narrated by Patrick Stewart at his snarky best, with Patrick Warburton aka Joe Swanson rounding out the main Family Guy bill, and a few other familiar voices popping up. My favourite cameo was Sam ‘Flash Gordon’ Jones who was just awesome as a drug addled version of himself. The Flash jokes are plentiful, but I think they missed a trick not having Brian Blessed show up. Tom Skerritt also has a cameo after a few jokes are made about him. I didn’t know who he was until I saw him, since I’ve never seen Top Gun. It turns out he’s the guy who plays Nate’s father in Leverage. I now have a fun new piece of trivia. Points also to Ted Danson.
After the natural progression of Ted trying to make it on his own and John trying to better himself, only to have their co-dependent tendencies mess everything up, Ted decides to be the bigger man and disappear… then he’s kidnapped. John and by now ex-girlfriend Lori rush to save him. They don’t succeed, but Lori wishes Ted back to life when all his stuffing falls out and he loses his magic. The logic is a little flawed here – Ted bounces as we’ve seen earlier, so why climb up a scaffold when you could just jump? That aside, it’s a lovely ending. The funny and the sad are balanced nicely.
Some of the humour was admittedly not to my taste, but there’s so much there that even if one joke doesn’t hit for you, there’ll be another one in a short while anyway. It’s not quite up to Airplane standards for the speed of the jokes, but there are plenty of them. There’s also a decent amount of sinister undertones, as you’d expect from Seth MacFarlane. Some of the jokes, such as the thunder song, are funny when you hear them first, but might not live up to repeated viewings. Overall it was a very enjoyable film that even had me chuckling softly while the credits were rolling.
Rating: 4/5 Raging Nerds