The new film from the creator of Family Guy, comes Ted, a film based on a talking teddy bear that just doesn't want to leave his owner. But does it live up to the hype, and does Ted leave us crying with laughter or crying with disappointed?
Seth Macfarlane has created a beauty of a story line, with a lovable bear and a great Mark Wahlberg, who players the owner of the bear, goes hand-in-hand with the great punchlines, satire-style comedy and much loved Ted, who if mainly the focus of the whole storyline.
Ted is focused around the relation of a grown man and his teddy bear - which is alive, and famous. Starting the film in 1980s Massachusetts, a young John Bennett, a lonely, unhappy child, makes a Christmas wish, which ends up coming true. Guess what? That's right, he wished for his teddy bear (whom he names 'Teddy', or 'Ted') to come to life. To his surprise, as he wakes up the next morning, there the teddy bear is - alive and kicking!
Although it's a shock at first, the general public seem to really enjoy this alive teddy bear, with a great TV appearance on Johnny Carsons, Ted becomes and celebrity in his own right. Fast forward 20 years, and there the two best friends are, still stuck together - but now, getting high before Bennett has to go to work.
Ted, now an ex-celebrity, Ted has turned into a foul-mouthed, pretty depressed, stoner-teddy who enjoys having strippers round, making a mess and just generally sitting around getting high or drunk, he tends to pull down his friend, Bennett, who has now got a 3 year relationship.
Although Bennett only works in a car hire shop, the girl he is with is a successful, beautiful, elegant girl who has a great career behind her (Mila Kunis) - and is asked to make a choice - Ted goes, or shes does! He thinks long and hard about this, and soon enough has to make a choice - his girlfriend, or his teddy bear, but will he be stuck in the child-like phase with his bear or take on the life of an adult and move on with his girlfriend?
Ted offers some great comedy, with every scene making you laugh, with the same mood as many original comedies - enticing you into the epic storyline whilst giving you a chuckle every now and then with some great lines, it offers something not many do, a live teddy bear whom you grow to love, a story you get attached to and some great commentary that entices you to the story and film even more.
Ted could be better, but what film couldn't? I think it does a great job at portraying the lovable rouge (Ted), as well as a great story, some amazing lines - "I don't sound like Peter Griffin!" - but for the people that are not fans of the quirky, but cheesy, lines of Family Guy and such will not enjoy this film either - it offers the same type of comedy, with other lines such as "Yeah, thanks for 9/11" (talking to a Muslim), "I look like something you give to your kid when you tell 'em Grandma died (referring to the business suit the bear is wearing), and "Back off, Susan Boyle!" (referring to a fat kid).
Anyone who loves a bit of comedy and would love to see a bear and his man's relationship grow, fall apart, then come back together again (or does it?), I think this is going to be a hit for you. It's a great story, has a lovable rogue as the main character, and to be honest - when it finished, I didn't want it to. I could have literally sat in the cinema another two hours to watch it how the story unfolded after it ended, but sadly - it was over! A great film, get yourself to the cinema and watch this if you are looking for a laugh!