By Jack Travers

A short while into Ted, I had the awful feeling this was a movie that could easily slip into the ‘not as good as the trailer’ category that has trapped so many comedies over the years. This would not even have been anyone’s fault as the trailer really was hilarious. However, this was avoided as the plot developed beyond first impressions.  

The story is a familiar one – unpopular boy makes a wish which comes true. The rest of the plot could hardly be deemed entirely original either, although it obviously takes a different approach. However, this is not the kind of movie you see for a deep and meaningful plot, you go for the good times, the one-liners and a talking bear and there is plenty of that on offer in Ted. 

The names involved with the project suggested a certain brand of relatively crude humour. This is what the fans wanted and this is what they get.  

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is the director and voice of Ted and you got a Peter Griffin feel from this lovable rogue. The way McFarlane mocks everything going on in America, esp the politicians, is a tried and tested formula and it worked brilliantly here, just as it does on the small screen with Stewie, Peter and Brian. He has the language of a Russian dock worker to boot which adds to the hilarity if you are into that kind of thing.   

Mark Wahlberg is living the good life himself these days. Whether playing the good guy in action flicks to being the exec producer of Entourage, one of, if not the, funniest American tv shows of all time, he keeps knocking balls out of the park. He can appear wooden at times but then comes alive in specific scenes, especially the main party scene which includes a legendary cameo from the good ol’ days of fantasy films. He can also play the sulking boyfriend very well, and has to on numerous occasions as his rash alcohol and drug-fuelled actions get him into trouble. 

Then you have the wonderful and gorgeous Mila Kunis who is steadily becomingHollywood’s go-to girl next door. She plays a slightly straighter role than in Friends with Benefits, the reliable one to Marky Mark and Ted’s trouble-makers. This is always a role that needs to be played to allow the key players to excel and she managed to get a few laughs herself. However, I imagine most men will spend her time on screen imagining being with her while the girls will be working out how to be more like her. 

I am slightly old fashioned in that a cinema trip should be something planned and saved for major events but this is a great movie to see if you want to have a good laugh, and sometimes cry, or to go on a date to. It will certainly be a worthy addition to any DVD collection in time as well. 

I have already taken some cracking one-liners and have already incorporated one or two into my everyday dialect. So, crack open a Teddy Brewski and enjoy the show.

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.