Ted 2, skirting the fine line between common decency and gut busting laughter.
Summary : This time the recently married Ted decides to attempt to have a child with his wife Tami-Lynn. Seeing as he is a teddy bear, this proves to be quite difficult.
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2015
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth
Ted 2, skirting the fine line between common decency and gut busting laughter. Mark Walberg (John) and Seth MacFarlane (Voice of Ted) return in this sequel to the 2012 comedy Ted. This time the recently married Ted decides to attempt to have a child with his wife Tami-Lynn. Seeing as he is a teddy bear, this proves to be quite difficult. The first 30 minutes of the movie revolve around the miss-adventures that come from such a bizarre task. The plot quickly evolves into a fight for Ted’s civil rights, and the question of whether or not he is a person, or merely a object. Amanda Seyfried plays Samantha, a plucky young lawyer/pothead who takes up Ted’s case, and Giovani Ribisi returns as Donny, an obsessive stalker of Ted.
Throughout the movie there is a myriad of cameos including Patrick Warburton, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and Sam Jones as himself. Some cameos are surprising and fun, while others seem out of place and forced. However all main characters are well acted, and on a personal note, I feel that this is the part Mark Wahlberg was made to play. The perfect amount of whine and a little bit of over acting which he nails every time.
Speaking of forced, let’s talk about the meat and potatoes of any comedy movie, the jokes. The whole movie really runs the gamut. Some jokes fall flat, and seem to be very forced and don’t really fit in the movie or where they were inserted. Some jokes jumped the line into the realm of inappropriate, but like most of Seth MacFarlane’s shows and movies, they are pretty hilarious. Then there are the jokes that are well timed, and just funny enough to get a chuckle from the majority of the crowd.
All in all, Ted 2 was a pretty good film, with a decent run time that was long enough to make me feel like I got my monies worth, but not so long to get old and stale. Things of note to look for… the obligatory Seth MacFarlane fight scene and dance/song number. This is a good flick to see in the theater with a full house. Bring a date and get caught up in the laughs that are doubled when you’re with a friend.