Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Fans of the surprise 2012 hit Ted will find plenty to love in this sequel, in which Seth Macfarlane takes the same approach: throwing every kind of gag at the screen in the hopes that some of them stick. Thankfully, there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments to make sure the film is continually entertaining, even if the plot isn't particularly inventive.
In the past three years, John (Mark Wahlberg) has seen his marriage fall apart, while Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) has married his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). A year later, Ted and Tami-Lynn are in a rut and decide that perhaps a child will help kickstart their romance. Unable to conceive for obvious reasons, they turn to adoption, but this raises a red flag about Ted's status in society: he isn't actually a person, and the state declares that he's property. On the verge of losing everything, Ted and John hire novice lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to defend Ted's right to be treated as a person. But their opponent is a slick lawyer (John Slattery) hired in secret by toy company Hasbro, which is now in league with Ted's long-time stalker-nemesis Donny (Giovanni Ribisi).
The ongoing central gag here is that John and Ted have never grown up, stuck in their dope-smoking fanboy ways, which allows for all kinds of rude mayhem, plus lots of cameo appearances from genre stars, including a gratuitous trip to New York Comic-Con that turns into the film's funniest sequence with a series of sublimely silly running gags. On the other hand, the one-joke premise badly limits the film's scope for coherent storytelling, merely dashing from one nutty set-piece to the next and hoping that something funny will happen. Thankfully, most sequences are genuinely amusing, at least for audiences whose goal is just to have a good time at the movies.
Wahlberg is clearly having a lot of fun here, willing to indulge in all kinds of humiliating slapstick (including a gratuitously sticky mess at a sperm bank), and his chemistry with Seyfried has some spark as well, mainly because the pot-loving Samantha is a slightly smarter version of himself. As in the original, Ribisi has the most thankless, irrelevant role, merely on board to provide some random action. But the big-name costars and cameos keep things lively, adding a hint of drama and emotion that ultimately boils over into a corny sentimental finale. It's not quite clever enough to be a classic, but watching these idiots is sometimes hilarious. So we wouldn't mind seeing them return for a third go.
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Facts and Figures
Run time: 115 mins
In Theaters: Friday 26th June 2015
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Fuzzy Door Productions
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
IMDB: 7.1 / 10
Cast & Crew
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Starring: Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, Seth MacFarlane as Ted (voice), Amanda Seyfried as Samantha Leslie Jackson, Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn McCafferty, Patrick Warburton as Guy, Morgan Freeman as Patrick Meighan, Michael Dorn as Rick, Dennis Haysbert as Fertility Doctor, Lexi Atkins as Waitress, Sam J. Jones as Himself, Nana Visitor as Adoption Agent, Tina Grimm as Comic Con Booth Girl, Patrick Stewart as Narrator (voice), Liam Neeson as Customer, Tom Brady as Tom Brady, Ron Canada as Judge, John Carroll Lynch as Tom Jessup, John Slattery as Shep Wild, Bill Smitrovich as Frank, Giovanni Ribisi as Donny