Dir: Seth MacFarlane, 2015
The crude talking, pot smoking, cut and cuddly teddy bear is back. And, it’s a VERY pleasing return.
Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) has just gotten married and is the happiest a bear could be.
A year later, his marriage is almost over. To fix it, he and his wife (Jessica Barth) decide to have a baby.
However, as he’s a teddy bear, he hasn’t got a dick and his wife is infertile due to her history of drug abuse.
Seeking to adopt, the couple is told that, in the eyes of the law, Ted is not a person but property.
This sets off alarm bells with companies and loses his job, has his credit cards cancelled and, worst of all, is marriage is declared null and void.
Ted and his best friend, John (Mark Wahlberg), employ a pot smoking, just graduated lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) on a pro bono basis.
Unfortunately, the case is lost and the trio embarks on a cross-country journey to see the best human rights in America (Morgan Freeman).
All the while this is happening, Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) is still trying to capture Ted but, this time, it’s for a toy firm to dissect him and make millions of Teds everywhere.
This is actually funny. A vast improvement on the first one. The first Ted was just crude without any laughs.
It tried to be Family Guy, MacFarlane’s animated sitcom about the Griffin family. Ted has the same voice as the animated patriarch, Peter Griffin, also voiced by MacFarlane.
Several cast members from Family Guy made an appearance in the film. Alex Borstein (who played Lois, Peter’s wife), the voice of Joe, Patrick Warburton and, most famous of all, Mila Kunis, who was the second voice of Meg.
Whereas Family Guy is funny, the film wasn’t. It didn’t have the same type of humour. Ted 2, has comedy in the same vein. Little nonsequiturs. Liam Neeson and Jay Leno provide hilarious cameos.
The absence of Kunis works so much better. Her character was one of a whinging bag, bringing the film down. Her effect on the characters, Wahlberg’s especially, shone a negative light on them.
Seyfried, as the new love interest, is easy going and not afraid to take pot shots aimed at her. A particularly comic reference to Gollum, provide many chuckles.
Warburton, as Guy, returns in what is a hysterical character. A gay bully, he and his boyfriend (Michael Dorn) frequent comic conventions, picking on the nerds.
Thankfully, with Wahlberg’s character no longer relying on Mila Kunis, he’s free to be immature and joke around without being bogged down by nagging.
With Seyfried’s role on an even keel as Wahlberg’s, the two can echo off each other in perfect sync. This provides an ideal comedic relationship that is pivotal to the film’s success as a comedy.
It’s more stupid and silly than the original but it makes you laugh and that’s what matters.