Seth MacFarlane, the creator of cult animated television series Family Guy, takes his first foray into film with Ted.
The story picks up with John (Mark Wahlberg), a bullied single child living in a small town outside of Boston. With no friends to play with, John becomes inseparable from his plush bear, Ted. One night he wishes for Ted to come to life and his prayers for a Christmas miracle are answered.
Flash forward 30-odd years and the pair are still inseparable with Ted now a crude, faded celebrity and Danny a 35-year-old employee of a rental car company. Before long, Danny’s long-time girlfriend (Mila Kunis) gives him an ultimatum of taking their relationship to the next level or to continuing to bunk with Ted.
Wahlberg and Kunis are both likeable enough, yet it’s Giovanni Ribisi who shines as Donny, a hilariously creepy and overzealous fan of Ted. There are also cameos from Norah Jones, the 1980 Flash Gordon Sam Jones, and the subtle yet very funny Ryan Reynolds.
It’s obvious that MacFarlane had a blast directing this film and his fingerprints are all over the gags and topical jibes. Macfarlane has stayed true to his legion of followers by using the same flavour of random, irreverent humour that has seen Family Guy surpass 10 seasons, and it transfers surprisingly well to the silver screen.
That said, as indicated by its R rating, it’s not a film for all tastes.
Ted is as entertaining as it is cheap, crass and nasty. But if MacFarlane’s debut feature is anything to go by, he has a future in filmmaking.
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