REVIEW: TED 2
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more outrageous, Ted and his BFF are back in the hilarious, boundary-busting buddy comedy, Ted 2, coming to Digital HD on November 24, 2015, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 15, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The follow up to Ted, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, Ted 2 features more of the hysterically raunchy banter that has made writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane an entertainment world powerhouse—as well as a touching story of brotherly love. Both the Blu-ray™ and DVD include an UNRATED extended edition that features never-before-seen footage that was too rude for the cinema, but makes this year's most outrageous comedy the perfect gift for fans of this very adult spin on a childhood icon.
"Funnier, wilder and even more naughty than the first movie!" according to Bill Zwecker, WFLD-TV (Fox), Ted 2 finds John (Mark Wahlberg) dejected after a speedy marriage and divorce, but Ted's romance with co-worker Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) is full-speed ahead after a dream wedding presided over by none other than Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) himself. But when the pair tries to adopt a child, they are stunned by the contention that Ted is not a person. With the help of John and newly minted lawyer and longtime weed aficionado Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), the couple takes on the intolerance of a system unable to understand their love.
Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane are back as John Bennett and his childhood stuffed bear Ted in Seth’s latest effort, Ted 2. For those not familiar with the first flick, Ted comes to life after a Christmas wish a younger John makes and the calamity of an adventure begins. Now, fast forward to the present and both are grown up losers (of the lovable variety), smoking weed and drinking beer through life. A few years have passed in between the first movie and the sequel, and some things have certainly changed.
Some of the more enjoyable aspects of Ted 2, aside from the “Family Guy” style jokes are the frequent cameos and A-list stars popping up out of the woodworks. Of course Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) makes a return visit, but this time around he’s joined by the likes of Tom Brady (think deflate-gate), the honorable Morgan Freeman, and someone we’ve all come to know as having a “particular set of skills.” Also, as two lovers, Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Patrick Warburton (The Extendables, 2014) steal every scene they’re involved with, especially their scenes walking around New York City Comic-Con.
Aside from the obvious plot set ups, the sound track in this latest release mirrors its predecessor, almost to a “T.” Just think of the current pop-culture humor, the eventual fallout between Ted and John, Ted getting in trouble, John coming to his rescue and the list goes on and on. So needless to say, if one likes “Family Guy” or other likeminded comedies, then one will most certainly enjoy this movie. Even though, this time around, there are more misses than hits in the comedy arena, but when the wise-cracks do hit, they’re bound to be side-splitting.
Overall, when all is said and done, this latest effort turns out to be a decent comedy by all measures. It definitely doesn’t escape falling into a lot of the typical traps of other sequels. For instance it’s not as good as the original; it feels a bit lazy and not really well thought out, and certainly does not live up to the fun of its predecessor. While it’s worth watching for some kicks and giggles and for simply following up on the Ted character, Ted 2 falls more in line with a rental or DVD purchase instead of a theater visit. With that said, three and a half stars out of five are more than generous here. –
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 7.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
Atmos Dolby True HD/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish and French)
English SDH, Spanish and French
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A Giant Opening Dance Number
Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe
Feature Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Jessica Barth