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.
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.
RATING: 4 Stars
DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane
STARRING: Mark Walberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane