Ted delivers exactly what it promises in the trailer – crude jokes and obvious laughs. Director/writer/actor Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy) does his usual thing here, except this time Peter Griffin plays a teddy bear.
The formula here is a familiar one – young boy (Mark Wahlberg) has a teddy bear that comes to life; boy grows up (or does he?!) and finds an amazing woman (Mila Kunis); he somehow falls out with both his too-good-to-be-true girlfriend and bad influence best friend/bear; and finally has to repair his life, now in shambles. There are some blinding metaphors here (about sorting your shit out etc.) but Wahlberg is convincing as an aimless drifter (although as if a bong-smoking salesman would have those abs!) and it’s all in good fun.
However, attempts at sentimentality grate rather than engage, and there are a couple of jokes that don’t quite hit the mark. It’s likely that this film will annoy as many people as it delights. Things get a bit too farcical around the middle portion (and vaguely racist – apparently some things are a lot easier to get away with in animation), but it’s about a talking teddy bear that is somehow able to have sex – you’d be a fool to walk into this expecting anything to make too much sense.
There are some unexpected cameos and solid laughs, but steer clear if you don’t enjoy the MacFarlene oeuvre.