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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane delivers his signature boundary-pushing humor in the outrageous comedy-blockbuster critics are calling "hysterically funny!" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a grown man whose cherished teddy bear came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and hasn't left his side since. Can John's relationship with longtime girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis), move forward with his lovably profane buddy in the picture?
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Of course, he's also making rather a profound statement about men growing up, leaving behind their childhood, no matter how difficult and painful this is. But that in so doing, you aren't losing friends, you're gaining. It's a bit ironic that Ted grows as much as John. Even John's girlfriend realizes that part of her growth entails her acceptance of an unusual aspect of John's personality and his childhood friend. I suppose it boils down to tolerance, acceptance and growth. All nicely done. And rather than preaching at the audience, the pros and cons of emotional growth are shown, which is what filmmaking is all about of course --- the image.
The music sounds like it was written by the same composer who writes for Family Guy. And he does a fantastic job. It all sounds very "big city". You know the sound. We've all heard it. And it works nicely.
The visual effects are actually better than I expected. I honestly cannot tell if they perhaps used animatronics in certain places or just visual effects entirely. Whatever they did, it looks wonderful and thoroughly convincing.
So, I definitely recommend this film, especially if you're a fan of Family Guy. This film is certainly work a viewing.
This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in quite some time. Wahlberg has always been hit or miss with me, but to be able to act with something that isn't there most of the time impressed me. He also had the opportunity to work with Mila Kunis, who has come a LONG way since that TV show. I have to give kudos to Seth McFarlane for writing and directing such a zany comedy. Of course, he was also the voice of Ted, so you have to blame him for some of foul mouth remarks. But, he was able to do a few things that not many people can. One, was digging up Sam Jones and the movie Flash Gordon. Two, was showing a clip from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and three, getting Mark Wahlberg to sing on stage with Norah Jones' band. He could have been singing out of tune on purpose, and probably was. But, to the generation which remembers Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, I guess this is what old rappers sound like when they attempt to sing.
To top it off, both of my nieces have the middle name Lynn, as does their mother!
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What it is however, is 106 minutes of laughs with a smattering of suspense (no, really), and it's rounded off nicely with a heartwarming ending. All of that sounds a biit "meh", but when it's funny it's really funny - Ted going for a job interview at the supermarket had me almost hyperventilating with laughter. And there are some real near-to-the-knuckle comic moments.
Patrick Stewart expertly narrates the opening scenes with excellent comic precision.
If you're a big FG fan, you'll recognise that some of the crew are from FG:
Walter Murphy does the music as he does on Family Guy.
Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild had a hand in the screenplay.
Also from FG:
Lois (Alex Borstein) young John's mum
Joe Swanson (Partrick Warburton) John's work friend, easily recognisible by his voice
And in Ted, Lori is played by Mila Kunis who is Meg in Family Guy.
Other cameos from memory include Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones), Ryan Reynolds, and Norah Jones and Tom Skerritt.
And a special mention must go to Giovanni Ribisi who is an excellent actor, he plays "weirdos" so well.
For me, this was the second best film of 2012 (Avengers if you're wondering), and is well worthy of a place in your DVD collection.
I've knocked a star off because it sagged for 10 minutes or so, don't let that put you off though.
Mark Wahlberg is on form and good at delivering some comedy in this film alongside Ted (Seth McFarlane) and the duo will have you laughing from start to finish. Mila Kunis also supports the 2 main characters and adds the eye candy for the men out there. For most of the film though you will be laughing at the jokes, references and visual humour. There's also a treat for fans of Flash Gordon...
If you like Family Guy you'll love this.
The humour will make you laugh out loud. If you like the humour, a second viewing is worthwhile - you will have either forgotten or perhaps missed one or two gags the first time through, probably because you were still laughing from the previous joke or situation.
Buy it and enjoy.
overall a really good movie that i would recommend anyone who likes comedies to see (by the way you don't need to like family guy to like this movie because I'm sure some people are thinking that).
There are funny moments in it, and I did laugh in a few places, but I guess I am just hard to please when it comes to comedies.
I thought the ending was crap, and that Ted should actually have stayed dead but for some reason they chose to make him come back to life. rubbish ending, it let the film down.
But Beware it comes with a '15' BBFC rating for 'Very Strong Language, Strong Sex References, Drug Use and Brief Soft Nudity'. I fully agree with this rating as this is NOT a Children/Young Teen film as it is very rude! No one younger than 15/16 should see this!
we have watched this film a few times now and it doesn't get old. and with the UV and digital copy you can take a copy of the film with you when traveling away from home so great on buses or long car journeys very useful.