Monday, January 14, 2013

Movie Review: Ted

Blurb: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish...and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Review: There are some movies that are just so ridiculous that you have to love them. Ted is one of them.

I mean Ted is a teddy bear that came to life as a result of a lonely boys Christmas wish. The opening scenes of the film sound just like a Christmas special!

That could take the film down a heartwarming road, but it doesn't.

Ted turns celebrity and then tailspins out of control with drugs and sex and general raunchy fun.

So if you think this is a kid friendly film, think again. It isn't. No matter how cute the bear is. Of course, if you want to explain some of the stuff to your pre-teens, go ahead, let them watch.

But there is more to it then the off color humor. There is Mark Wahlberg, who really plays up his Boston accent for this one. He's not usually a favorite actor here, but for some reason, he comes across as cute and almost sexy. And there is the fact that the movie really is about friendship and loyalty. I mean, John and Ted have been BFFs (Thunder Buddies) for years! Not many regular friendships last that long.

Yeah, it's raunchy and yeah its ridiculous and its mostly a guy film, until the end, when things are seemingly taking a turn for the worse when it comes to Ted. Then warm fuzzy feelings abound.

I have to admit I got more than a few chuckles out of this one.

It isn't the kind of movie that I could see myself spending $20.00 on, but for the price of a Redbox rental, it was good fun.

It's definitely a guy flick, but one some wenches will find amusing.


Janelle said...

I agree that it's a guy flick with lots of what I call bro humor, but it's still funny. My mom's a big fan. Even got her a talking Ted for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Good review. I'm not a fan of Family Guy, so when I saw this and realized how freakin' clever Seth MacFarlane really can be, I was taken aback and had a great time with this flick. Ted is such a great character, too, and Wahlberg works so well with him.