The newly released movie, TED, by television’s Family Guy creator, Seth McFarlane, is a raunchy, vulgar, pop-culture filled comedy. Starring Mark Whalberg, Mila Kunis, and Seth McFarlane, TED does not hold back on its choice of humor. From racist remarks like criticizing Jewish people, to smoking pot, doing drugs, and a heavy consumption of alcohol, this film leaves nothing to chance.
TED is the story of a young boy without any friends, who makes a wish for his teddy bear to come to life. After his wish is granted, we are taken through a 35-year journey, where we see the young boy, John Bennett (Whalberg), grow up with his real life talking stuffed bear named Ted (McFarlane). As John grows older, he carries on a romantic relationship with Lori (Kunis). Stuck in a state of extreme adolescence and working in an entry-level position at a car rental agency, John does nothing but come home, smoke pot, and watch television with Ted. Naturally, Lori eventually grows tired of their immaturity.
TED follows a traditional three-act format, but the movie seems a bit long. There is good character development, however, I had a strong sense that I had seen these characters in other movies. Whalberg plays a typical dumb acting, lazy character, while Kunis portrays the beautiful, understanding, tomboy girlfriend. McFarlane, the creator and voice of Ted, also plays a very traditional role, largely seen in his television show, Family Guy. The character of Ted sounds very similar to Peter Griffin of Family Guy, whose voice is also done by McFarlane, and at times there are even references to other characters in the TV show.
Basically, TED is Family Guy in the form of a major Hollywood film. The movie pokes fun at current pop culture and uses extremely inappropriate comedy. This film was given an R rating for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use. I enjoyed watching this movie, but I feel like McFarlane could have done better if the comedy was a little more natural. I got the impression that the film forced the humor and overdid the cultural references. Ted, however, the stuffed teddy bear, was very real and lifelike, which made his character very believable.
I gave this film a 2.5 out of a 5 star rating. If you are a fan of Family Guy or Seth McFarlane, you will almost definitely enjoy this film. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys single-lined vulgar comedy or is a fan of the Family Guy TV series.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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