This movie is from Seth Macfarlane, the guy who created Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad. You can honestly tell that this movie is running on Seth’s sense of humor and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
If you are looking for a quick review: in my opinion, Ted is funny, but only sometimes.
There will be spoilers.
Plot: the story has to deal with a teddy bear that comes to life because a kid named John Bennett wished he was real on a shooting star. The bear comes to life and from there the two of them become great friends. John names him Ted. It’s been 27 years and John and Ted are still friends; John also has a girlfriend named Lori and they’ve been together for 4 years. The story has to deal with John choosing between the love of his life Lori, or, his friend for 27 years Ted. Most of the time John chooses to be with Ted than listen to Lori. There comes a point in the movie where John and Lori break up and Ted and John get into a huge fight. Also Ted gets kidnapped and stuff goes down but I don’t want to spoil the ending or anything else that happens.
Beyond that the movie is focused around the dialogue between Mark Wahlberg and Ted (Seth Macfarlane). I will admit that Mark Wahlberg is really funny here and his main goal in the film is to act like a boy instead of a man. Which he does really well. That’s what most of the movie is about: John cannot accept the fact that he is grown up and has responsibilities. As long as he hangs onto his teddy bear, he cannot be a man for Lori (Mila Kunis). Whenever you see Mark Wahlberg in this film he is constantly childish and chooses to do the wrong thing whenever possible because he does what he wants to do. I kind of like him in this sense because it is good to see him do something different for a change instead of being a macho man or in some sort of romance.
I noticed that in this film there are many, many, MANY people that are on Family Guy as well. Examples are: Seth Macfarlane, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Ryan Reynolds, and Mila Kunis. The guy who also played Flash Gordon, Sam J. Jones, is also in this film as himself but he was never on Family Guy. Honestly I thought he was the funniest character because he is a party animal and completely steals the show in the few scenes that he is in. Plus, Ted and John talk about him a lot in the movie and when John meets Sam for this first time, it really is a complete and utter hysterical meltdown. I will point out though that there is I think two scenes where family guy is mentioned. It’s also really obvious. I remember there was a line where Ted says “I do not sound like Peter Griffin” or something like that.
Beyond that, the overall biggest problem here is Seth Macfarlane and he is one of the main characters! The humor is just really insulting and the f@&! bombs never stop. I think there was one every couple of seconds. And really the dialogue just seems like it’s only there just to pass the time. I think in one scene they talk about pot for a good few minutes, and then another scene they talk about flash gordon for a few minutes and other stuff and on and on and on… I was really hoping for something that relates to the story a bunch but honestly no. There was not much of that going on.
Look I realize that this is Seth Macfarlane’s first movie and all but really I think you should give this a pass. I only laughed a few times but when I did it was pretty damn funny. I don’t care for the dialogue and the story is not the greatest either. Also I didn’t mention this earlier but really I feel bad for Ryan Reynolds. In this movie he is only seen two times and on the second time he is making out with Patrick Warburton at a wedding. He actually only has a one word line and it’s “hey”. And that’s it. I know they did an episode with him where he was gay with Peter and I think that here they went a little too far by giving him a role as a gay man. I don’t know it just kind of bothered me.
You should give this movie a pass. It’s not going to be memorable down the road and honestly I would just skip it because while it is funny, it’s not THAT funny.
IMDB Score: 7.9
My Score: 6.5