Ted (2012)

Is it still hump day if you did nothing all week?

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi

Genre: Comedy

Type: Mainstream

Running Time: 106 mins

Rated R

Ted is a comedy about a man who grows up with a living teddy bear, appropriately named Ted, as his best friend.  As a young boy, he makes a wish that his beloved teddy bear was actually real and lo and behold, his wish comes true.

The comedic talents delivered by the popular Seth MacFarlane will not disappoint fans of the popular TV series Family Guy. Ted is a without a doubt one of the most quotable comedies of the year with lines like “I wanna do something to her called a ‘Dirty Fozzie’.” to keep audiences jovial.

Mark Wahlberg once again delivers a satisfactory performance in a comedic role and his facial expressions at times are often inimitable; cue Sam Jones’ appearance in the film, followed by Walhberg’s astonished face and hair blowing in a very suspect breeze.

While many of my acquaintances felt that Ted was the most hilarious movie they had ever seen, I didn’t feel the same way. It had its moments, and because I am softhearted, I will admit that there were moments I did feel a little teary-eyed over the sentimentality of the plot.  Regardless, there are other movies, such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad or Zoolander that I would say were far more hilarious than Ted.

 Perhaps one of the most appealing moments of the film was Giovanni Ribisi. This cameo role was really a 180 degree shift from his usual body of work, so naturally I was very curious to see what he would bring to the table.  He did an eerily good job as a clearly unbalanced older man who cannot come to terms with his unnatural obsession with Ted. The highlight here was really his dancing scene, which was disturbingly entertaining and perhaps continued for a tad bit too long for us to feel entirely comfortable.

The Long and Short: Not necessarily the most hilarious thing ever but overall, Ted was certainly fun.

My Recommendation: I would recommend watching with a group of friends who follow Family Guy –type humour or enjoy Wahlberg in laid back screen roles.

Favourite Scene: Creepy Giovanni Ribisi dancing with a juice box in his hand. Definite “Wtf?” moment.

Verdict:  B+


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