Ted

"Very Good"

Ted Review


Plying his trade in pop culture references and surprising punchlines, MacFarlane jumps the adult-oriented comedy bandwagon with a film that's smarter and funnier than most. It also has a surprisingly warm and serious thematic undercurrent.

After a childhood wish brought his teddy bear to life, John (Wahlberg) has become inseparable with his buddy Ted (voiced by Macfarlane). But John's girlfriend Lori (Kunis) is starting to think that a 35-year-old man and his fluffy pal should stop living like stoner-slackers. Worried about the foul-mouthed, womanising Ted's influence, she encourages John to make his own way in life, so they can be a proper couple. But separating Ted and John is more difficult than it looks.

The effects that bring Ted to life are so seamless that we accept him as a character right from the start. It helps that MacFarlane gives him such a riotous personality, always doing and saying the wrong thing as he lures John into yet another compromising situation. Together, they're like fanboys who have refused to grow up, peppering scenes with references to Flash Gordon, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Knight Rider plus pointed nods to Cheers, Airplane! and, ahem, the Muppets.

But this is more than just another story of a man who refuses to leave his childhood behind. There's actually a rather sophisticated plot underlying the comedy mayhem, recognising that growing up isn't about putting your childhood behind you but rather integrating curiosity, silliness and loyalty into your adult life. Wahlberg and Kunis play to these themes sharply, creating engaging characters who sometimes do stupid things but remain grounded in real life. The cast around them (including several terrific cameos) is mainly comedy fodder.

Where the film falters is in its insistence on a bit of action chaos to resolve everything. We meet Ted's deranged stalker (Ribisi) early in the film, so it's pretty obvious where this is going. But it's much less interesting than Ted's twisted relationships with the likes of bimbo Tami-Lynne (Barth) and singer Nora Jones. And while we laugh at the audacity of the rude humour, it's the underlying resonance of the characters that makes the film thoroughly endearing.



Ted

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Friday 29th June 2012

Box Office USA: $218.6M

Box Office Worldwide: $543.3M

Budget: $50M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Fuzzy Door Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Fresh: 137 Rotten: 65

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , , Scott Stuber, Wellesley Wild

Starring: as John Bennett, as Lori Collins, as Ted (voice), as Rex, as Donny, as Guy, as Thomas, Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn, as Robert, as Frank, as Narrator, as Tanya, Bretton Manley as Young John, as John's Mom, as Tracy, as Bellybutton, as Herself, Sam J. Jones as Himself, Robert Wu as Asian Man 'Ming', John Viener as Alix, as Gina, as Michelle, Max Harris as Greenbaum Kid, as Himself, Kristina Ellery as Heavenly, Katelyn Lorren as Cherene, Chanty Sok as Angelique, Sarah Fischer as Sauvignon Blanc, as Jared (uncredited), as Ted Danson (uncredited)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.