I find it very interesting that some filmmakers who grew up in the 80’s are now getting to show & highlight what inspired them during their youth; and relate that to audience members. Directors featuring what impressed them in films is nothing new, but Seth MacFarlane being the director of something that is live-action is. Looking at MacFarlane’s resume, he has certainly mastered the animated world. Could he successfully tackle a feature comedy? Yes, yes he can.
The laughter began early in Ted, with the narrator making a quip about Jewish children during Christmas time. The chuckles do not stop there. Nearly every scene brought rowdy laughs from the audience, multiple times during the viewing the roars made the movie inaudible. Impressive!
When John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) was a youngster, he wished upon a star that his teddy bear could talk to him. When the Boston kid wakes up in the morning, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is ready to be his best friend. Ted becomes an 80’s pop culture icon. Flash forward 27 years, John & Ted are still friends (through a montage you see Ted getting arrested at an airport, John & Ted going to see The Phantom Menace, etc). Now in his 30’s, John is dating the pretty & successful Lori Collins (Mila Kunis). Lori is determined to get John to grow up by giving him an ultimatum: her or the bear.
If you don’t want to see a raunchy, cameo-packed comedy; go see Moonrise Kingdom. If you dare, go and see a LCD (least common denominator) comedy that is: raunchy, reference-laced & cameo packed. Ted has the power to bring you into the fraternity-like behavior of a plush toy that never asked to be brought into this world, but never complains about it. Ted plays by his own rules, which is something we all wish we could do. He says whatever inappropriate thing he wants to say, even if he is on a job interview. It is easy to see why John bails on Lori to go to a Ted house party; that furry little guy is one cool bear. If the goal of a movie is to bring you into a fictional world for a few hours, and captivate your undivided attention, then Ted gets excellent marks.
I plan to go see Ted again, while it is still in the theaters, and that is why I give it 3 ½ stars.