TED (2012)
DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane
STARRING: Mark Walberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
GENRE: Comedy
CERT: 15

REVIEWER: Gemma

First of all, I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of the Director/Writer Seth MacFarlanes’ TV shows. I have watched maybe two or three random episodes of Family Guy and even then it is only bits and pieces. I know who he is and I know that his TV shows are rude and crude. The reason I went to see TED was due to the fact it was a free advanced screening of the film, available only to unlimited card holders, coupled with the fact that I would get a free bag of Galaxy minstrels, and I was sold.

However, I have to say that this is one of THE funniest films I have seen in a long time. Never have I laughed as much at a film since seeing Bridesmaids. Yes, that’s the level of humour in this film.

The thinly veiled plot is about how a 35 year old guy named John Bennet’s friendship with the foul mouthed, drug taking teddie, is affecting his relationship with his girlfriend Lori. That’s the whole premise of the film in that one statement.

On paper, the film shouldn’t work. It sounds like an idea that was cooked up over taking some of the drugs that Ted uses in the film. To be truthful, the plot isn’t the important thing. If you are wanting some deep philosophical film with strong themes, don’t go see TED. This is a film where you check your brain at the door and just sit tight and enjoy it as it’s hilarious.

MacFarlane never shys away from being controveriosial. These jokes are anything but PC. This is the humour seen in films like The Hangover, and like I said at the beginning of this review, Bridesmaids. The jokes come thick and fast, barely giving you time to catch your breath, before you are assaulted with the next joke.

This could have fallen flat on its face if it hadn’t been for Mark Walberg, who plays John, and Mila Kunis, who plays Lori. Both play off each other, aswell as the CGI character of Ted, so well.

The comic timing of Walberg is fantastic, and I never normally see him as this type of actor. He manages to capture this childlike innocence that makes him endearing. You believe that this is a man who wants to hold on to his college years, yet also wants to move on.

Kunis is also excellent in this movie. I have liked a lot of her stuff, including her role in The Black Swan. The role of Lori is a bit of a change and is very similar to the supporting role she played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It shows that she is very versatile and I can’t wait to see what she plays next.

But the heart of the movie is the CGI character of Ted. Ted comes across as the spaced out college roommate that you just can’t get rid of. The one who will crash on your couch, eat all your food and generally, just be a pain in the butt. Ted gets all the best one liners and that’s what makes it so funny. That this kids toy is such a foul mouthed little heathen.

I have to give a special mention to Giovanni Ribisi, who plays a rather creepy guy with a strange fixation on Ted. If you don’t know who I am on about, he played Phoebes half-brother in Friends. He is fantastic in this film and has the slightly psychotic look to him that is both funny and scary.

TED will have lines quoted from it for months to come and will go down in cult history. It’s left open for a sequel, which, if it is made, would be just as funny to see.

VERDICT:

I don’t want to spoil too much about the film, since most of the funny bits aren’t in the trailer. There are a few surprises that just have to be seen blind. This is a nice antidote to the more serious or action packed summer films. I just have to warn you that if you are easily offended, don’t go and see the film. It has quite a bit of toilet humour in it.

It’s a great first time big screen feature and I hope to go and see it again before it leaves the cinema.

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A self confessed geek who likes all things paranormal (except zombies as they scare her) Genre wise she likes horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical fiction. [Gemma no longer reviews for BCC]

12 Comments


Carolyn August 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

Heheeee, this sounds like such a fun film. I’m really into my “politically incorrect” films right now. Watched The Change-Up with Jason Bateman, and the yummy Ryan Reynolds, which was SO funny. Horrible Bosses, also with Jason Bateman, and Jennifer Anniston, which was absolutely hilarious.

I think sometimes we can take the whole PC thing too seriously. It definitely has its place, but occasionally when it’s in film and is meant to be tongue in cheek we should take is as just that. Fab review, Gemma :)

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Gemma August 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

Funny you should mention those actors as one of them makes a cameo in the film. Its really funny! I loved those films too. I have a very dark sense of Humour, so this is right up my street.

FYI, I tried wishing for my Teddy to become real on my birthday…. Nothing happened? :(

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Melanie August 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I TOTES want to see this movie.

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Gemma August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I TOTES want to see it again! Ted Rocks!! lol!

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Zoe @ Bookhi August 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Me and my friend are wondering whether to see this or not and you have just persuaded me! It looks HILARIOUS! Thanks for the great review :D

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Gemma August 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Let me know what you think of it.

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Sherre August 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

hahaha!!! I saw this movie about a month ago and I still die laughing when I think of some of the quotes. Especially when Mila Kunis came in the house and saw a _____ on the floor. Too funny. It was the best, but, like you said, you must check your brain at the door. I’d take my dad to see it, but never ever take my mom.

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Gemma August 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

That bit was hilarious! Also the cameo was so funny

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Mia August 4, 2012 at 4:13 am

I’ve been dying to see this movie — and now I know I must! I’m not a huge fan of Seth Seth MacFarlane either but my immense love for Mark Whalberg & Mila Kunis won over. I’m relieved to see they handled their roles spectacularly, though I suppose that was expected. ;D
Great review! I can get a much better idea of what the film is like, which has increased my want of seeing it by ten-fold!

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Gemma August 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I’m glad to hear my review has helped you decide to go to see the film. let me know what you think of the film

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Laura August 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

This is a film I would probably never go to see, but your review may have convinced me to give it a go! Also Bridesmaids I’ve been deliberating about that one too, but I think I should watch that now too :-)

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Gemma August 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Bridesmades is awsome. you can sympathise with the main character in that. As for Ted, it won’t be everyones cup of tea. I have a twisted sense of humor so I loved it!

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