Ted (2012)

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane (you might know him better as the creator of “Family Guy” and voice of many of the characters on the show I haven’t watched in probably a decade)

Written by: MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin (better known on Twitter as TheSulk and a “Family Guy” writer), and Wellesley Wild (also a “Family Guy” writer)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, MacFarlane (as the voice of the titular bear), Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, Matt Walsh, Ralph Garman, Alex Borstein, narrated by Patrick Stewart and featuring numerous cameos.

What it’s about: an adult male attempts to balance the relationships of his long term girlfriend and his childhood teddy bear that came to life

B-Movie Alternate Title: The Teddy Bear that Came Alive!

Movie Mash Up: any number of “bromance” R-rated comedies with “Teddy Ruxpin” I guess

What I liked: I dig R-rated comedies that refuse to pull verbal punches for the sake of a larger box office due to being able to play to more demographics.  I mean, that is what an R-rated movie should be about, and Ted is a prime example of what they should be.  I’m not a big Wahlberg fan, but he played his role quite well.  Same with MacFarlane, but I’m still not going to watch “Family Guy”.  I love Mila Kunis in everything, and I enjoyed many of the smaller roles as well as the fun cameos.  It’s a fun and interesting story, too, nothing really run of the mill here, and how the whole “the teddy bear is alive” thing is handled was decent.

What I disliked: Sometimes it felt like the entire movie was trying too hard, if that makes any sense.  It was entertaining and all, but it verged into Bad Santa territory without really having earned it, again, if that makes any sense.  I liked it, but I felt a bit dirty for liking it.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Sure, if they like R-rated comedies, it’s entertaining and fun.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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