Director: Seth Macfarlane
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth Macfarlane
When I first saw the trailer for this film I was dubious as to whether it would be ridiculously hilarious or ridiculously stupid. I soon found out it was a slight mix of both.
John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a lonely kid until one day his wish for his teddy bear to become real, turns into reality. Ted (Seth Macfarlane) is wished into life, where he agrees to be Johns best friend for life. So many years later and both John and Ted are now middle-aged men. But John faces the ultimate decision of his life when girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) gives him the ultimatum to choose between her or Ted.
I was worried that this film would be idiotic and very poor as it’s based around a real life teddy bear (little childish for adults?) but when I heard reviews, I felt a little more positive. I didn’t rush to see Ted at the cinema, as it’s not my preferred type of movie but I went anyway. I went into the film thinking it would be the most jaw aching and abs-working giggle fit I’d ever had, but I was unpleasantly surprised. Unfortunately for me, it was not the funniest film I have ever seen. As with Family Guy, there were traits Macfarlane had used that really don’t sit well with me. The particular issue being the fact Macfarlane carries jokes out far too long. The jokes drag and then I just feel as if they couldn’t think of anything else.
Even though I’ve pointed out what I don’t like, there were lots I did like. There was quite a lot of humour that I loved, although some of the tongue-in-cheek jokes might not have been everyone’s cup of tea. The drug use in this film is perfectly used and makes it look like drugs are fun (they’re bad in real life though, obviously). I do believe though that this film was most definitely aimed at men as there’s a lot of male comedy involved.
I can’t say I was the biggest fan of Ted, but I did enjoy it and I guess I might just watch it again (only if it’s for free) but I do think if you’re a bloke, you’ll like it more. I’ve been toying with what kind of rating to give this film, but due to the huge amount of love for this film, I’ll mark it higher.