Film review: TedBy Laura Nightingale
December 05, 2012
WITH an all-star cast featuring Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and rom-com beauty Mila Kunis, I expected the new DVD Ted to be one for the comedy collection; I was wrong.
Much-loved creator of popular television series Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane directs Ted but struggles to transfer the same cartoon gags into his movie.
Full of unnecessary swearing and strained jokes, I could not get my head around a 15 age-rated film with a talking cuddly bear among real people.
John Bennett (Wahlberg) grows up lonely in a suburban town with no friends, until one Christmas when his parents buy him a cute teddy bear.
John wishes that his beloved bear would come to life so that they could be friends forever.
As you expect in this weird fairytale, his wish comes true – the first in this predictable story line.
We watch John grow up with Ted, smoking drugs, being late for work, drinking beer and lazing around in their underpants in front of the television.
Ted, the animated character in the physical American world, becomes quite the celebrity, appearing on television chat shows and taking advantage of women. One scene shows Ted wrapped around four prostitutes on the sofa of John’s apartment with the awkward moment of John and girlfriend, Lori, walking in after being out for dinner to celebrate their four year anniversary.
Surprisingly, the man with the foul mouthed bear settles with the beautiful and successful girlfriend and finally separates from Ted, who has been holding him back or so Lori hopes.
Wahlberg successfully plays the no-hope boyfriend in a dead-end job, plus the weird guy who has a bear as a best friend, sharing sexual innuendo jokes and getting high with him.
When this film hit the cinema screens it received much praise, most likely from Family Guy and American Dad fans, but to me it just wasn’t funny.
Being that it is a MacFarlane production I expected it to be outrageous and offensive and to enjoy it I would have to take the story line and jokes lightheartedly. I can see how teenagers would find this movie hilarious as it makes reference to many pop cultures.
But for me, someone who is not a die-hard fan of the Family Guy antics, there was an over reliance on cameos and a stretched running time. There are two versions on the DVD. I opted for the uncut option as I guess most people would, but its excessive crude language made me cringe from the start.
One particular scene that uses bad language excessively was during a made-up song that John and Ted sing when they were frightened of a storm.
I was sadly disappointed that there were no laugh-out-loud jokes, heart warming fuzziness from the boy and his bear and something amusing to pick out to tell your friends about after. Unfortunately there was no competition between MacFarlane’s hit American adult TV animation and this clichéd film.