Ted is a comedy film in theatres now and is brought to us by Seth McFarlane, of Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad fame. It stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a man in his thirties who has been in a four-year relationship with Lori Collins, played by Mila Kunis. Something that gets in the way of the relationship is John’s best friend, Ted, (voiced by Seth McFarlane), an immature teddy bear that came to life during John’s childhood and has been there for him ever since.
Promoting the fact that Ted comes from the creator of Family Guy makes perfect sense, as the writing and jokes are very much like that show. It’s very rude for a start, and having a talking teddy bear makes sense coming from a guy who voices a talking dog and bear on his other shows. I’m a fan of Family Guy, so I really enjoyed this movie. While the premise of a talking bear is surely what makes this movie special, Ted is one of those stories where a friendship gets in the way of a relationship, which is nothing new, but will anyone care?
The answer to that is no, because it’s a very funny movie that doesn’t waste any time. I was surprised to see that there were some emotional moments too, which certainly enhance the experience. The casting is great, with some cool cameos too.
I think Ted is the funniest movie this blockbuster season, with the exception of Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. I do strongly recommend you see both movies. If you can only see one, I would recommend The Dictator, but that decision may ultimately boil down to whether you prefer Cohen’s work or McFarlane’s work. If you don’t like Seth McFarlane’s humour, then there’s a good chance you won’t enjoy Ted. The rest of us will enjoy one of the funniest movies released this year.