Ted

A comedy to savour in the moment
Ted film poster
If you’d given a director upwards of $50 million to make a film, you’d hope for a more immediate commercial proposition than Ted, a film in which Mark Wahlberg plays John, a thirty-something slacker whose friendship with his teddy bear is threatening his relationship with girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis). But given that the director in question is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane (who also voices Ted), your budget is in the hands of someone with their own substantial audience.

Ted’s plot - two old buddies, an angry girlfriend and a kidnapping - is hackneyed in the extreme, being as predictable as day following night and providing little more than a framework from which to hang a collection of jokes from. Yet the central premise of a foulmouthed hard-livin’ stuffed toy is brilliant and elevates the dumb story to satire, which allows MacFarlane and his co-writers to highlight the humour in John and Ted’s dysfunctional friendship.

Essentially for Family Guy fans only, the film is often hilarious but bound to date incredibly quickly due to its borderline indulgent pop culture references. This is a comedy to savour in the moment and to enjoy immensely, but, like many of its celebrity targets, will be long forgotten about come 2014.

8/10

Words by BEN HOPKINS




TED
DIRECTOR SETH MACFARLANE
RELEASED AUGUST 1st
CERT 15
UNIVERSAL

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