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Ted 2 - Review

Ted 2

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

IF the success of Seth MacFarlane’s original Ted made this follow-up almost inevitable then the misfire of A Million Ways To Die In The West posed serious questions over how good that sequel could be.

Fortunately, Ted 2 is more hit than miss, trading strongly on the still winning camaraderie between Mark Wahlberg and his foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane) and some genuinely laugh out loud gags.

This being a MacFarlane production, there are inevitably some jokes that fly a little too close to being crass or in poor taste, while the freshness has long since passed (giving rise to some pretty self-indulgent lulls). But in the main, if you liked the first film, then the sequel still delivers.

The story picks up as John (Wahlberg) is attempting to get over his recent divorce just as Ted is getting married to his sweetheart Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Things gain momentum when Ted and Tami-Lynn try to adopt only for the government to refuse to recognise Ted as a human and strip him of his rights, labelling him property.

The ensuing difficulties this poses to Ted’s existence prompt him to turn to a young and eager civil rights lawyer, Samantha (Amanda Seyfried), to take on the state and a corporation with vested interests.

What follows is mostly low-brow, wildly inappropriate adult humour that involves pot-shots at everything from homophobia to semen and even 9/11. But there are some brains in there too (as found in the civil liberties debates) and a huge helping of heart (not least in the bro-mance between Ted and John).

It means that for every mis-step the film takes (such as a sequence involving the attempted theft of Tom Brady’s semen), there are plenty of good things going for it to carry it through.

The Ted character himself remains a blast, Wahlberg is good value and Seyfried slips into proceedings effortlessly, even exhibiting a nice line in self-deprecating humour (a recurring gag about her eyes).

And while gross and downright vulgar in places, MacFarlane is both funny and smart [and even fearless] enough to get away with most of them. It means there’s hilarity to be found in Ted’s visit to a sperm clinic, some head nodding appreciation for a Breakfast Club gag, open mouthed guffawing at the audacity of some non-PC jokes and much amusement to be found in MacFarlane’s use of supporting characters such as Morgan Freeman and cameos from the likes of Liam Neeson.

Put all that together and you’re likely to have a lot of fun.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 115mins
UK Release Date: July 8, 2015