Monday, July 29, 2013

PCP on DVD - Ted

I'm not a huge Seth MacFarlane fan but I do typically enjoy his work. I'll watch Family Guy if there's nothing else on, but I don't go out of my way to watch it. I did think he did a decent job on the Oscars and SNL last year though, and I usually will watch anything with Mila Kunis in it so I picked up MacFarlane's foray into live action with Ted to give it a whirl.

Ted - 2012, rated R. My rating: 8 out of 10

Ted is the story of a man-child, John (Mark Wahlberg), who wished upon a star as a child, causing his teddy bear Ted to come to life. Ted is voiced by MacFarlane, and he is foul mouthed, crass, and a heavy pot user, and he drags John down to his level. Mila Kunis plays John's fed up girlfriend, Lori, who is sick of Ted's antics.

One of the funniest things about Family Guy is their off-beat pop culture references. Ted definitely channels MacFarlane's obsession with arcane pop culture, with Flash Gordon being a recurring element of this film. Unlike Family Guy, Ted actually has a rather coherent plot and it doesn't jump all over the place with crazy tangents, which helps with the movie's flow.

The movie is somewhat predictable, like so many romantic comedies - the woman wants the man in the relationship to grow up and be more responsible, but the man just wants to keep having fun. But despite its predictability, Ted works as a film. It works because it is absolutely hysterical, and it works because at its core it has a lot of heart. The relationship between Ted and John is fully realized and developed in depth, even though one of the two is a plush animal come to life. The side plot with a creepy father and son duo that want to kidnap Ted is entertaining as well, thanks to the dad's portrayal by Giovanni Ribisi.

Overall, if you were one of the few people that didn't see this movie last year (not many missed it, as it was the highest grossing original R rated comedy of all time), then I strongly encourage you to check it out. It was a lot better than I expected it to be, and it cracked me up repeatedly.


  1. Ted is hilarious i loved it. The thunder song will forever stick in my head. Agree that while being true to a comedy there is a decent plot in this movie. Well done mcfarlane.

    1. "F*** You Thunder!" great stuff