Those familiar with Family Guy will undoubtedly be aware of Seth Macfarlane’s experience in comedy. Since Seth wrote, directed and starred himself in this cuddly comedy, it’s evident that Ted is close to being a live action film based on his hit cartoon series. In terms of the plot structure, you can imagine just how awful and simple it might be, but the comedy value remains strong (for those that like Family Guy that is…).
Ted revolves around a talking teddy bear; best friend to John Bennett, biggest irritation to Lori Collins. As John and Lorri are set for their 4 year anniversary as a couple, pressure builds for John to pop the question. However, his childhood obsession to Ted grows, loosening the stability of his relationship. Bennett must attempt to restore his problems with Lori and try to keep Ted on his good side.
The main element to this film is the humour and not the plot. I think this is the very case in the majority of Comedies Hollywood churns out but that’s not necessarily a negative thing. It’s something light; something easy to get into, not the greatest piece of film-making by a long shot but it’s easy to follow. Thankfully, the comedy makes up for every problem the story faces. Clearly marketed as an adult comedy, you’ll witness scenes of excessive teddy bear drug use, unhygienic circumstances in a grocery store and a young obnoxious kid getting punched square in the face. Lot’s of slapstick and pop culture references will appeal to a wide audience, but if you are overly sensitive and easily offended, avoid Ted at all costs…
Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, accompanied by the voice of Seth Macfarlane (voice of Peter Griffin/Stewie from Family Guy) certainly compliment the hilarious script. Ted won’t be everyone’s cup of tea since what seems to be an innocent fluffy bear quickly turns sarcastic, rude and slightly distasteful. Overall a successful live action directorial debut from Seth Macfarlane and hopefully one that can spark off many more similar styled films in the future.