Director: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi
The first motion picture from the creator of Family Guy
John Bennett was a lonely child without friends. On the christmas og ’85 he received a teddy bear which he called Ted from his parents. The same night he made a wish for Ted to come to life so he could finally have a living friend, and the wish came true.
27 years later and the two are still best of buddies. John is now a working man although he is still quite immature and does not take his adult life very serious. Ted got quite a bit of fame in his earlier years and is now a weed smoking, party loving teddy bear. John’s relationship with his girlfriend for four years Lori is now getting more serious and it puts John in a situation where he might have to cut back on his friendship with his loving teddy.
Ted is the creation of Seth MacFarlane, best known for creating Family Guy. This is his first effort as a director of a live action feature and he also did the voice for the teddy bear Ted. Ted features the same type of vulgar and rude humour that the Family Guy show is known for, but it falls more flat here and works way better on the TV show.
While keeping the same formula on this film will surely please a big amount of his fans, I do wish that MacFarlane could have switched things up a bit here instead of delivering the jokes in the exactly same way as he does on his hit TV show. The entire film is basically a man wanting to grow up, but is having a hard time cutting loose from his immature friend, something we have seen plenty of times in comedy films and just by making the friend into a living teddy bear does not make it funnier than the previous ones.
The film would also be improved if they had tighten up the story a bit. Either they should have kept it about John trying to get his girlfriend back or instead just have Ted get kidnapped and let us watch John try to get him back instead. By having both plots in there, both also feels less important and it’s done sort of half-assed.
If they had focused on Ted being kidnapped then we would have ended up with a much better movie, since the relationship between Mark Wahlberg as John and Mila Kunis as Lori was dull to look at. I could also see a bunch of more funny stuff happening with Ted in the arms of the kidnappers, especially since the kidnapper is played by the excellent Giovanni Ribisi, who is also the only really funny guy on this film.
Ted broke records and is the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. I guess that does say that they did something right in the film and plenty of people found it hilarious. I’m sadly not one of them and I doubt I’ll revisit this again in the future. It’s just not that funny to me and I’d rather see a Family Guy episode instead.