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Movie Review: ‘Ted’

Ted
‘Ted’

Grade: C

“Ted” is an adult comedy in every aspect. But an uncensored adult comedy from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane can only go so far for so long.

“Ted” is the story of a lonely young boy, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), who wishes his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) to come to life one Christmas. His wish comes true and the two grow up and eventually live together in Boston. But as long as Ted remains in John’s life, John will never stop being a boy and become a man. Lori (Mila Kunis) John’s girlfriend of four years, can’t take the early morning pot smoking and fooling around that John and Ted partake in every day. She wants him take responsibility for his life and he simply can’t do that with Ted around. Ted is then forced to move out on his own. Lori soon finds out that even though Ted has moved out John and Ted still manage to hang out and goof off as they’ve always done. It eventually strains their relationship to the point of almost ruining the best thing that has ever happened to John. Now it’s up to Ted to make things right no matter the cost.

“Ted” is a fun movie. It has its laughs and will keep most audiences rolling for the whole film. I, on the other hand, found it only amusing for the first 45 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy watching “Family Guy,” but when an episode only lasts half an hour with commercials, that’s about as much as I can take before the material becomes stale and old.

“Ted” suffers exactly from that. The material gets old quick. It’s not a smart funny comedy. It’s simply vulgar just for the sake of being vulgar, which is fun for a bit, but then you find yourself asking when the movie is going to end.

For MacFarlane, this is a good transition from his television career into making films. But MacFarlane does far too much in one film. He acts as Ted, he’s the director behind the camera, he’s the writer of the material and one of the producers for the film. For one person, that’s a monumental amount of work that I’m sure became overwhelming at times. He can do it all and that’s great, but he doesn’t need to do it all at once. If MacFarlane wants to continue making films, he needs to choose one role at a time. And if I were him, I’d stick to writing. He writes great material, so why not stick solely to that?

There’s some good things about this film. It makes you laugh and the acting isn’t half bad. Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis have a pretty strong connection as a couple going through a hard time in their relationship. The two actors work great together and really play off of each other very well.

This one-hour-and-46 minute “Family Guy” episode aptly named “Ted” is a funny film. The material becomes stale after the first hour and you’ll find yourself bored after that point.

But if you enjoy “Family Guy,” a lot, then I’d suggest going to see this film. If you can’t bear the idea of hearing Seth MacFarlane’s same voice used in the television show then I’d say skip it and wait for the DVD/Blu-ray if you’re so inclined.

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