Title – Ted 2 (2015)
Director – Seth MacFarlane (Ted)
Cast – Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, (Voice of) Seth MacFarlane
Plot – Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) must enlist the help of his best friend John (Wahlberg), his soul mate Tami-Lynn (Barth) and freshly graduated lawyer Samantha (Seyfried) for a battle in the courts when his human rights are called into question.
“Happily ever after only exists in fairy tales”
Review by Eddie on 1/07/2015
His certainly not a cuddly teddy that’s for all but after one seriously successful first outing in 2012 it was always a given that everyone’s (the only one?) favourite foul mouthed yet somehow endearing talking bear was going to make it back to a big screen close by and with that we now have Ted 2.
After his biggest misfire yet in the potentially hilarious yet wrongly skewed A Million Ways to Die in the West (of which an alumni of makes a great cameo in this film), Seth MacFarlane finds himself back on familiar ground, which is in both a material sense, a comedic sense and also a still unfortunately self-indulgent directional sense that see’s MacFarlane struggle to rid his 2 hour plus film of jokes that don’t work and plot lines that feel like nothing more than time fillers. If there was ever a director in need of someone to cull his films of material that neither enhance or contribute to the tale at hand it’s MacFarlane but to say the man doesn’t deliver some comedic gold in this enjoyable romp would be a lie.
While you’ll often find yourself ashamed at what brings forth fits of laughter here, MacFarlane as he is well known to do, mixes juvenile humour with far more wide reaching topical funnies, from everything from civil rights through to his usual pop culture insights, nothing is out of his reach. Within the films bloated runtime there are moments of pure gold that make Ted 2 succeed to the level it does, much like its predecessor and with the continued chemistry shared between Whalberg’s well-meaning yet daft John and the MacFarlane voiced Ted Clubber-Lang (yes Ted now has a last name) at the same high levels the films many sins can be forgiven thanks to their often game saving banters. The addition of Amanda Seyfried is also a bonus to the film, her willingness to poke fun at herself a particular highlight.
The narrative of Ted 2 is anything but fantastic and the reappearance of Giovani Ribisi’s teddy obsessed villain Donny is almost a movie breaker but Ted 2 has enough wit and chemistry to save itself from all the low denominator humour and awkwardly edited grove that surrounds it and in the end provides some very decent comedic entertainment. In saying this it may be time for all involved to move onto other things with MacFarlane in particular in need of something a little meatier than he has been dishing up over the last few years.
3 Tom Brady home invasions out of 5