SYNOPSIS: 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 wishÖand has refused to leave his side ever since.
REVIEW: We already knew Seth MacFarlane to be a TV comedic genius, with shows like The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and American Dad, but sometimes this type of comedy doesnít translate well to the big screen. Also, it doesnít help when your debut feature film features a talking teddy bear. So I donít say this lightly when I state that Ted is the funnies movie Iíve seen since the first Hangover. I was literally laughing throughout the entire movie. The whole theater was laughing consistently joke after joke, well except for the girl sitting next to me but I think she was a prude. The most amazing thing about the movie is how well the premise works. Even though it involves the preposterous notion of a talking teddy bear just about all the jokes work. If it wasnít for the uncreative and Hollywood type mini subplot, I would have said that this is the perfect comedy. If youíre a child of the 80ís, the jokes are going to be evening funnier. Remember Flash Gordon, well heĎs in the movie and in one of the most hilarious scenes. If you like action, there is an awesome fight between Ted and John (Mark Wahlberg) that is kick-ass and if you like sex well TedÖ..
Good performances are had by all. Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg have good chemistry, but the real chemistry happens between Mark Wahlberg and Ted (The Teddy Bear). You feel like theyíve been best friends for years. The animation of Ted is flawless. I donít know if heís a special effect of if they really found a magical talking teddy bear. The dialogue, like in the Family Guy is a little racy, but hilarious and at some times insightful and thought provoking. The supporting cast also provides some good laughs. The only flaw in the movie is a very small subplot that helps end the movie, and even though a dance scene by Giovanni Ribisi is hilarious, the entire Ribisi subplot feels like it was snuck in to end the movie.
So, lets summaries, a talking teddy bear, 80ís nostalgia, Flash Gordon, Mila Kunis, and kickass fighting equals comedy gold. Whatís not to like? So, donít miss this one, unless youíre a prude, because itís the one everybody will be quoting this summer and talking about at the water cooler come Monday. Now Iím off to set my ringtone to the Knight Rider Theme song.
By Milton Brayson
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