Excerpt: It’s highly unlikely that, as a fan of Family Guy and The Simpson’s , I’ll ever find another set of animated series that I love as much. While The Simpson’s came first and obviously inspired Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed “family”, it’s going on its third decade. But both shows remain fresh and funny as ever.
Excerpt: When John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) was a young boy, all he wanted was to have a best friend and when he gets a teddy bear for Christmas, he makes a wish that the stuffed animal can come alive. When that actually happens, Ted the living teddy bear becomes an instant celebrity. Over 20 years later, however, John is a grown up with a long-term girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) and Ted is a pot-smoking, beer-guzzling troublemaker who insists on keeping John from ever growing up.
Excerpt: John also has an insanely hot girlfriend named Lori, played by Mila Kunis, proving once again that casting is everything. Wahlberg and Kunis make a cute, fun-loving couple, but when you throw a potsmoking, skirt-chasing, foul-mouthed teddy bear into the mix, sparks are bound to fly. The old adage of “bros before hoes” is the central theme here. We’ve all seen it, we’ve all been there, but if Kunis is the ho in question, sorry Teddy, but ya gotta go.
Excerpt: In 2005, audiences discovered Judd Apatow and 40 Year Old Virgin . Come 2009, Todd Phillips rocked the theatrical run of The Hangover . In 2012, Seth McFarlane waves a middle finger, moons all involved, and undoubtedly finds a way to work in a penis with Ted . Comedy is defined in many ways by its longevity. Seth MacFarlane’s weak point is pop culture; no one will appreciate a jab at Katy Perry, whose movie opened a week after Ted , in 20 years.
Excerpt: The Film Just about every kid has had some type of imaginary friend or special stuffed something. And at some point, he or she has probably wished that pal would come to life, so they could be best friends forever. Well, forever is a really long time. Ted is that special pal -- and a new comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. It's about a guy and his childhood buddy, but 27 odd (literally) years later.
Conclusion: The second time around, Ted is still an extremely funny film. Still one of my favorites of all time and it’s not ruined when you know the jokes. The second time around I caught a few I missed the first time. It’s got bear sex, fart jokes and other such amusement. It’s not going to be for everyone, and surprisingly, it is for me. Mila Kunis is a great choice as the girlfriend. For some reason I feel like she would date a guy who is friends with a bear.
Conclusion: 'Ted' is a very funny movie now available on a pretty great Blu-ray/DVD combo release. If I have any qualms about the Blu-ray itself, it's that the bonus materials seem just slightly on the thin side when you consider how popular the movie was in theaters. The A/V quality here is top-notch, and the film is probably the funniest we've seen in 2012, so there's really no good reason not to give 'Ted' my highest recommendation.
Summary: Story by Seth MacFarlane. Screenplay by Seth MacFarlane. Directed by Seth MacFarlane. Starring Seth MacFarlane. Produced by Seth MacFarlane. Ted isn't just MacFarlane's big screen directorial debut, it's a message to Hollywood: Um, yeah. That thing I did on TV? I'm about to do it here.