Running Time: 106 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
From Seth Macfarlane creator of Family Guy, comes Ted. His first ever motion picture, and is about John Bennet (Mark Wahlberg) who as a child was bullied and had no friends. On christmas day, he receives a present which is a loveable and huggable plush bear, whom he names Teddy but is referred to as Ted throughout the film. One night, John wishes that Ted "can really talk to him." The next morning his wish comes true, and Ted starts speaking to John. We then explore there 27 year friendship together, and where they are now, which is where the film picks up from. We meet John's girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis), and she wants to move out of her and John' apartment, so they can "move on with there lives," much to John' dismay. John tells Ted he needs to move out, much to Ted' surprise. Ted gets a job as a grocer, and he starts doing very bad things with John, to the point where he gets an ultimatum from Lori. It is either Ted, or her.
That was the complicated synopsis. The simple synopsis is that this is a film about a talking teddy bear named Ted and his best friend John.
This film is flat out hilarious. It contains a funny script from director, writer, producer, and star Seth Macfarlane, and reminded me very much of his animated TV show Family Guy, as the humour and most of the cast is part of the voice cast on family guy. It has many flaws that I can forgive as it is very funny, but the film starts VERY strong, but slowly starts to decrease in quality. Ted, has problems when "Ted" is not in the movie. He is the best character, and when he is not there, the entire film just goes down hill, to the point where you just want that loveable teddy bear back on screen.
The Flash Gordon scenes were not very funny or enjoyable, and began to feel like filler, which is why I am not able to give Ted a perfect grade.The movie has great pop culture references like Family Guy, and has great one liners, but it cannot finish as strong as it started. For example it is as if the movie was in a race, it starts off strong and sprints and is in first place, but as the race continues the movie does not pace itself, and cannot finish as good as it started.
The CGI along with Macfarlane' voice acting is superb, and Ted looks real, and not computer generated even though it is. The voice, humour and energy Macfarlane brings suits the character well, and that is why TED is the best character, he is the funniest, and gets the best jokes. Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, are also great, and it was always interesting to see these big hollywood stars talking to a teddy bear.