Ted is Seth MacFarlane unleashed. The writer, actor, and producer is making an R-rated splash with his feature directorial debut. He takes all the crude, yet hilarious jokes cut from Family Guy and puts them on the big screen. On the surface, Ted is a raunchy comedy but at its core there’s a heartfelt story about two friends desperately trying to grow up, without growing apart.
- Director: Seth MacFarlane
- Writer: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild,
- Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Aedin Mincks, Sam J. Jones,
- Director of Cinematography: Michael Barrett
- Music By: Walter Murphy
As a child, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) was given a teddy bear for Christmas. One night, he made a wish that Ted (Seth MacFarlane) could come to life, and to his surprise, he did. Throughout his teen and adult years they were practically inseparable, that is, until Lori (Mila Kunis) came into the picture. After dating four years, Lori’s ready to take her and John’s relationship to the next level. But that means cutting his unhealthy ties to Ted.
- Macfarlane Uncensored: When it comes to television, MacFarlane has consistently pushed the envelope. He’s always tread a very thin line of decency. But with Ted, that boundary is crossed and ignored. And it’s a good thing.
- Familiar Faces: This film is filled with appearances from Family Guy favorites. Kunis, who voices Meg Griffin on the series, is joined by Alex Borstein (Lois Griffin), and Ralph Garman who’s appeared on Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. There are also a few major celebrity cameos that are just too good to spoil.
- Story: Ted is another take on the man-child/buddy comedy. It’s been done a million times, but not quite like this. Somehow, we buy the relationship between John and his bear. We believe that a talking toy could exist in this world. And that’s where the movie really succeeds.
- Mila Kunis/Lori: Lori is the film’s anchor. Her behavior and reactions are the most realistic amongst the cast. She’s not a one-note girlfriend. She’s not trying to control her boyfriend’s life. She just wants him to grow up, so they can take their relationship to the next level. It’s not a John and Ted versus her thing. She has legitimate wants and you understand her point of view. Lori isn’t a villain. She’s a mature woman looking for an equal.
- Music: The score for this film does not fit. It was composed by Walter Murphy, who also does the music for MacFarlane’s animated shows. And in that may be where the problem lies. Ted has a fantastical premise, yet it’s mostly rooted in real life. It could have used an edgier score that wasn’t, for lack of a better word, so cartoonish.
Ted is hilarious and will have you laughing from start to finish. There are pleasant surprises around almost every corner. We definitely recommend you seeing it this weekend.
Ted opens in theaters everywhere June 29.
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Will you be watching Ted this weekend?