Posted on July 10, 2012 AT 04:56pm
We can thank Seth MacFarlane for a lot of things: Johnny Bravo, Family Guy, and the interruption of massive amounts of late night anime on Adult Swim with an hour of American Dad. Now, the world can show gratitude for one more ingenious infection of funny: Ted.
Like any addition to something already well off, the idea of adding a raunchy teddy bear to the legacy MacFarlane has already built could have been destructive. However, MacFarlane gives us a well developed movie with an easy story line and point blank good humor. If you’re staying home because you’re suspicious of a possible catastrophe via the Ted movie, stop sinking deeper into your couch cushions. It’s ruining the zen of the room.
The story follows a relatively simple concept: John (Mark Wahlberg) is a grown up man-child. He pays taxes, but he’d much rather wrestle with a stuffed animal named Ted (voiced by MacFarlane). Granted, that stuffed animal is alive, but he’s also as vulgar as can be. Laurie (Mila Kunis) is the understanding and fun girlfriend who has finally reached the end of her rope; she ultimately pushes John to get Ted to move into his own place. We can all relate to playing multiple sides of the girlfriend versus her boyfriend’s best friend scenario, and here it is playing right before our very eyes.
The movie follows John trying to balance his partying ways with Ted while attempting to maintain a healthy and adult relationship with Laurie. You may say, “The previews didn’t look very funny.” Well, my suspect friend, if the previews showed any more of Ted on national TV, a-hem, you remember how many people were ‘offended’ by Janet Jackson’s nipple slip that ONE time.
As far as humor, Ted has it all: fart and smart. Wahlberg manages to create a classy level of humor out of farting in public, and Kunis shows us that she’s got a foul (yet, beautifully shaped) mouth. And Ted says what we want to say; everything from sexual gestures to 9/11 jokes that we all know are funny. What’s really great about this movie is that it calls attention to what it is: a nutty and out of control movie that could have really bombed. Ted denies the fact that he sounds like Peter Griffin and admits he’s DTF even without the normal male attachments. Wahlberg even emits a rape joke – and you know what? – people laughed.
The character relationships are what really propelled this movie to the $54 million weekend opener it is. Wahlberg, Kunis, and Ted make a real trio of friends who are battling their own insecurities to try and flourish. Wahlberg does well in this movie because he’s in his element, let’s be real. He plays a Bostonian with quintessential New Englander ways: his heart is in the right place, but not everything always adds up correctly in his head. Kunis reminds us that she’s in control, and that pretty women are funny. She takes her lead role with pride and determination (or as an apology from MacFarlane after he plagued her as the voice of Family Guy’s Meg for all these years). She’s funny and not to be messed with; even Ted shows true respect for Kunis’ character. Ted’s role as a character is fruitful and well rounded. While a party animal, he’s the most level headed out of the group, reminding everyone that at the end of the day, he’s just a bear.
McFarlane, who had been nursing the idea of Ted for a while, expressed with this movie as he does with his TV kingdom: laughing at things is ok. Where would we be without crude humor that digs past the funny bone and into our chest? Sure, it’s an odd prodding feeling, but it’s just humor. Ted is as smart as it is hilarious, so stop becoming a piece of furniture in your own home and head to the theatre.
SUMMARY: The movie Ted not only boosts Seth MacFarlane’s success track, but gives audience’s its new summer comedy hit with a relatable story line, and genius characters.
- THE GOOD: Good and dirty humor, well developed characters
- THE BAD: Like any summer block buster, you’ll only want to see it fifty times before you never want to watch it again.
- THE UGLY: If you aren’t a MacFarlane humorist, don’t even bother. This movie is CRUDE.
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