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Ted - Review


Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

SETH MacFarlane’s Ted is hands down one of the funniest comedies of the year.

The Family Guy creator has made the leap from small screen to big in the most emphatic way possible, bringing the same mix of intelligence and vulgarity to create something that is genuinely unique and un-missable.

Ted may play around with the bro-mance versus romance device that is the mainstay of a lot of recent comedies but it does so in a fashion that incorporates a pot-smoking, womanising, foul mouthed teddy bear as the focus of its attention.

Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) is that bad bear in question, who came to life following a childhood wish by John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) but who now, years later, is placing a strain on the relationship between John and the love of his life, Lori (Mila Kunis), who subsequently delivers an ultimatum.

As unconventional as this sounds, MacFarlane’s genius is to enable you to believe in the story that he has created without ever having to cringe or worry about suspending your disbelief, thereby enabling you to invest emotionally in the characters while laughing out loud for a lot of the time.

And while the humour is resolutely non-PC and often toilet-based it is genuinely funny too and often inspired… with gags stemming from the witty word-play between Wahlberg and Ted, pop culture references and movie in-jokes and two or three brilliantly realised (and potentially image-changing) cameos.

Performance-wise, too, the film is spot-on with Wahlberg displaying perfect comic timing as the likeable John, while his interplay with Ted is terrific.

Kunis is great too, by turns feisty and sympathetic, while there’s nice support from the likes of Giovanni Ribisi as a suitably creepy long-distance admirer of Ted.

MacFarlane, meanwhile, invests Ted with a fantastically larger-than-life personality, whose wild and craz (and often X-rated) exploits have to be seen to be believed. He is a genuinely memorable movie creation.

If the film does take a somewhat predictable turn into more ‘serious’ territory going into its final third, this doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment for MacFarlane always knows when to toss in another cracking joke to remind you of the film’s subversive nature.

It’s this continued ability to surprise, as well as the trio of central characters you’ll love hanging out with, that makes Ted such a fantastic movie-going experience.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 106mins
UK Release Date: August 1, 2012