Seth MacFarlane’s talking teddy bear returns in the new film Ted 2. This new movie sees Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and his childhood best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) enlist rookie lawyer Sam (Amanda Seyfried) to help them fight for Ted’s legal status as a person, so he can avoid the evil clutches of his Hasbro creators, and keep his marriage with wife Tami-Lynn. As far as the story line goes, it has more of a plot than expected, which is unusual for typical stoner-flick sequels. Not to say this isn’t a stoner-flick; someone is smoking marijuana pretty much every ten minutes, and I never thought I’d see Amanda Seyfried take a pull from a bong (much less a penis-shaped one). The scene where they find a massive field of good weed is also quite amusing, and the fact that it was accompanied by the Jurassic Park theme made it very funny. But the plot, whilst there, definitely isn’t fulfilling; the sub plot of the Hasbro CEO kidnapping Ted seemed promising when revealed, but was undeveloped and left much to be desired, which was disappointing.
As a so called comedy, some of the humour was good in places. A few jokes and gags were laugh out loud funny, such as the throwing fruit at joggers scene, even if moments like these felt more like plot tangents, and didn’t really make sense to the plot. But most of the humour consisted of penis jokes, sex jokes and weed jokes, and were either cheap, cringe-worthy or playing on shock value, such as Mark Wahlberg’s John being covered in sperm, where you can’t help but laugh, but felt bad for doing so.
Speaking of Mark Wahlberg, this isn’t one of his best movies, and he doesn’t seem like anyone other than Mark Wahlberg. Seth MacFarlane’s is, at times, a bit painful, but Amanda Seyfried is actually quite enjoyable. She’s funny and refreshing, but not too over the top, and is easily the best part of the movie. She does sing a rather out of place song in the film (it also starts with a random musical number, taking the total of unnecessary musical scenes to two), but other than that her character feels real and is fun.
Ted 2 was a slightly better than average stoner movie, but that’s not much of a compliment. Some of the humour made it enjoyable to watch, but for the most part it feels lacking in all the important areas. In other words, it was better than expected, but when your expectations aren’t that high in the first place, it’s easy to do, and Ted didn’t fight very hard for that approval.
Here’s a list of some great films starring the Ted 2 cast:
- letters to Juliet – Amanda Seyfried
- The Italian Job – Mark Wahlberg
- Invictus – Morgan Freeman
- Mean Girls – Amanda Seyfried
- Taken – Liam Neeson