On June 29th 2012, creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane’s debut feature film, TED opened in theaters. For the first time as writer & director, MacFarlane brings his Family Guy humor to the big screen with a story that involves a bromance or should I say, brobearmance. For people who enjoy such banter this movie is hilarious yet surprising emotional at times.
Running at 106 minutes, with a life-like teddy bear named Ted, there is never a dull moment. Ted is nothing like your average teddy bear but instead he is verbally and physically filthy. He drinks alcohol, gets high, parties with hookers, snorts cocaine and even sleeps with women. TED is obviously rated R for many reasons.
TED follows the story of John Bennett, a grown man who as a child had no friends. One day he made a wish that his teddy bear would come to life so he could finally have a friend. It was said to be a miracle, but his wish sure did come true! They instantly became best friends and stayed this way as they grew up together. Now that John is a grown man he has to choose between his filthy best friend Ted or his girlfriend of 4 years, Lori. Over the 4 years together Lori has been very patient with the extremely inappropriate teddy bear but she now feels that John should be able to commit to her and be less attached to his childhood teddy bear. John must now figure out how to let go of his childish behaviors and ‘grow up’ to continue his future with Lori. This movie follows John’s relationship with both Ted and Lori along with his struggles of growing up and letting go of his partying lifestyle to become the responsible and reliable man his girlfriend wants him to be.
Mark Wahlberg plays the role of John Bennett, the 30-something year old man who just cant get let go of his childhood teddy bear. The one and only Black Swan star, Mila Kunis, plays the role of John’s beautiful girlfriend Lori Collins. The voice of Ted is done by the writer & director himself, Seth MacFarlane. Other stars that play main roles in this movie are Giovanni Ribisi and Joel McHale.
TED is completely aimed for audiences who enjoy Family Guy type of humor. Since I took it upon myself to go see this movie I had to try and put all of my criticism of this type of humor to the side. If you are like me and don’t find child-like characters being extremely inappropriate humorous, then don’t waste your time or money to ever see this movie. At times I was completely appalled and disgusted with what was said and done by the cute life-like teddy bear. It did seem, however, like most everyone else in the theatre viewing it at the same time as myself thought it was wildly humorous. If you do enjoy Family Guy and that type of vulgar humor then you will most likely want to put this on your list of must sees!