Ted (2012)

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Ted (2012)
  • Time: 106 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
  • Director: Seth MacFarlane
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane

Storyline:

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, 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.

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  • Well, I can say I liked this one a lot, altough I had low expectations! Off course, the friendship with a teddy bear and a human being, is a strange subject, but also the reason why you can make a lot of good jokes about it. The humour is very good, there were a lot of funny moments, and for me that’s the main thing in comedies. Mark Wahlberg is awesome, he has great comic timing and keeps this movie moving in the right direction all the way through.

  • TED

    RATING: 8/10

    ‘Ted’ is by the same genius behind the successful TV show ‘Family Guy’ – Seth McFarlane. This is one film you do not want to judge by the poster. Although it is about a teddy bear, it is given the ‘R’ rating for several reasons that you will find during the course of the film.

    The film has the perfect start to it; the narrator does an excellent job by giving the film an interesting yet humorous introduction. The film is based on the growing friendship between John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted. John is a loner child, the skimpy kid that gets beat up. He makes a wish on Christmas. He wishes for the company of a friend who he can have for ever and ever. This wish comes true when the giant teddy bear which he got as a Christmas gift comes to life.Image

    Not every day do you see a teddy bear walking and talking, so as expected Ted becomes a celebrity because of all the attention he gets from the media. Giving new meaning to Ted talks, he becomes a frequent guest on talk shows and makes the cover story more than once. Although Ted leads the life of a celebrity he never fails to fulfill his duty of being John’s best friend. So till this moment of the film I thought Ted was going to be a ‘good kid’ throughout the film. And I could not have been more wrong.

    As time moves on and we all grow up, so do John and Ted. John works at a rental car agency, has a beautiful girlfriend named Lori Collins (Mila Kunis) and lives with Lori and his buddy Ted. Lori finds life difficult as John spends too much time watching the ‘Flash Gordon’ TV show and smoking weed (marijuana) with Ted. The notorious pair of John and Ted appears inseparable as the two are highly comfortable with each other. However, Lori has different plans for them. After months of tolerance, she confronts John on their 4 year anniversary. She asks John to get more serious about life and tells him to convince Ted to move out and start a life of his own. Being the committed boyfriend that he is, John does as told. Ted moves out into a separate apartment in order to provide John and Lori more space.

    Meanwhile, Ted is highly wanted by Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) and his son (Aedin Mincks). They are willing to pay how much ever it costs and do whatever it takes to own Ted. Ted and John face constant threats from the creepy father and son duo till the very end of the film.

    Mark Wahlberg has been excellent throughout the film but this comes as no shock considering his performances in his previous films. ‘Ted’ was a great opportunity for Mark to show his versatility as an actor and has done splendidly well.

    Mila Kunis plays a key role as well. She has done a great job as an actress. She has clearly proved that she not only has a pretty face but also has great acting skills. Everyone is probably going to hate her for making Ted move out but her actions are justified as both John and Ted lead good lives even after the ‘separation’.

    The film is filled with humor and is a treat for anyone who is a fan of insults because that is exactly what the teddy bear has to offer (among other things). Ted offends everyone he knows and does not know, but always keeps that teddy bear nature of his somehow with John. Ted not only insults people, but is involved in activities that relate to drugs and sex. Now seeing a teddy bear do all this is something not many would have envisioned. A swearing, partying, pot-smoking bear is highly ironic because we all know teddy bears as friends of 6 year old’s.

    Overall, the film is excellent. It is funny, a lesson on how to insult human beings and is guaranteed to make even the grumpiest of people laugh out loud.

  • Sandcooler

    The most surprising thing about “Ted” is that it features an actual story rather than dragging itself from one joke to the next. It’s a simple story, but it definitely has some degree of fairytale magic and leads to some genuinely touching scenes in the third act. That’s something you don’t really expect from Seth MacFarlane, because storytelling isn’t exactly his strongest point. I was expecting this to be just as filled with non-sequiturs as “Family Guy”, and I would have been fine with that. But all of a sudden MacFarlane understands how to write interesting characters you can side with, and that’s a nice plus. The most important thing is the humor though, and “Ted” has plenty of laughs. The voice acting is kinda lazy because Ted sounds exactly like Peter Griffin, but the screenplay is good enough to make you forget about that. Not bad for a debut film.

  • “Oh, where are my manners? Lori, this is Angelique, Heavenly, Charene, and Sauvignon Blanc. I love you girls. Y’know, somewhere out there are four terrible fathers I wish I could thank for this great night!”

    You are never too old to like soft toys. I am 24, but I still hug my Snoopy to sleep every night. I wish to the Blue Fairy to turn it into a real creature, but I am no Gepetto. I suspect Seth MacFarlane longed for a real teddy bear when he was young. Now he has created a character that comes close to fulfilling the collective dream of young boys and girls. Or maybe just cheeky boys.

    Writer-director MacFarlane becomes the Blue Fairy, and the result is a film that is expectedly funny, yet unexpectedly touching in ways that remind of films like Knocked Up (2007).

    Ted is the title of the film, and the name of the brown teddy bear that Mark Walhberg’s character, John Bennett, has been living with for the last three decades. Despite being made up of cotton wool and artificial fur, he is no kid’s toy. He spews vulgarities, enjoys the company of women, and loves to inhale gas made up of drugs.

    In comes Lori Collins (Mila Kunis), devoted girlfriend of John, who tries to break him away from his ‘thunder buddy’. The film then charts the triangular relationship and tension among the three key characters through a series of set-pieces that starts off from being inherently comedic and farcical to something that resembles a pseudo-thriller.

    A animated toy bear integrated in a live-action setting is an intriguing concept; Spielberg knew that when he was making A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). But here, MacFarlane intrigues us even further by humanizing a toy bear, created and animated via digital effects, and placing him in the heart of human consciousness and behaviour.

    MacFarlane’s script does not go overboard with the quantity of jokes. Instead he sees comedy as more dramatic and situational that could be built, rather than a series of offhand remarks that may or may not tickle the funny bone. Still, it is a witty script with gleeful references to popular culture, including a beloved one to Aliens (1986).

    The final ten minutes or so may feel a little contrived, and its pacing too quick for the average viewer to fully absorb the emotional ramifications of the entire sequence. But thankfully, MacFarlane is able to squeeze in some sort of redemptive quality to the proceeding, and hence allowing his film to come into terms with the kind of emotions that it intends to draw out from the audience.

    Will there be a sequel? I don’t think anyone will mind, considering how the film has turned out. And yes, it has turned out like a dream. While dreams are by no means perfect, they are fun while they last.

    Verdict: A womanizing, vulgarity-spewing and drug-loving stuffed teddy bear makes us laugh our asses off and warms our asses back in, well, what could possibly be better than th… Ted?

    GRADE: B+ (8/10)

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