Director: Seth Macfarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi
Seth Macfarlane’s claim to fame is the sensational animated TV comedy, “Family Guy” which uses sometimes offensive, sometimes politically incorrect, but often times spot-on humor, parodying society as a whole. Ted utilizes that same wit, but to less success.
As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear (his only friend) comes to life. At first it’s all fun and games and Teddy quickly becomes an overnight sensation. However, as time wears on, and John (Wahlberg) gets older, the come-to-life teddy bear is no longer as cute and fluffy. In fact, he’s crude and obnoxious. Residing in Boston, John, Ted (voiced by Macfarlane), and John’s too-good-for-him girlfriend Lori (Kunis) are all staying in an apartment together trying to make ends meet. While John and Ted are busy smoking out of bongs and watching Flash Gordon, Lori is busy working at her “real” job with a toothy, jackass boss Rex (McHale) who constantly hits on her. Meanwhile, there’s an eager, shady park dweller named Donny (Ribisi) with a spoiled, fat son who has his eyes on Ted. But as time wears on, tension builds and Lori gets fed up with having to deal with a man-child and his teddy bear.
The entire movie plays out like a “Family Guy” cutaway and the shtick gets old after awhile. I love Seth Macfarlane, I think he’s genius, and Mark Wahlberg made me smile with how game he was throughout the whole thing, but there was something missing from the entire movie. And that was heart. I know, it’s a movie about a fucking, weed-smoking talking teddy bear (emotion isn’t a priority). However, watch any newer episode of “Family Guy” like the sensational 150th episode “Brian & Stewie” and argue with me that the show doesn’t have heart. Ted’s worth watching one time, but afterward, just go back to the welcome arms of the Griffins on Spooner Street or catch some repeats of “American Dad” and indulge in hilarious one-liners courtesy of Stan Smith.