Ted

Ted is an inconsistent film that borrows a lot of the same style humor from Family Guy. The raunchy and racy humor is extremely hit and miss but it definitely has its hilarious moments. The premise of the movie is extremely clever and intriguing but the movie grounds itself in a familiar plotline to try to appeal to a general audience. The Girlfriend vs. Best Friend plot line eventually ends up hindering this movie from hitting its potential. I can’t help but wish that it just would embrace its absurdity and go with it. Fans of the Family Guy series will find themselves at home but for others, the movie offers very little other than cheap laughs. Luckily enough Ted knows what it is and plays well in its category which creates a decent ‘guy’s movie.’

 

I made a decision early on that I was going to try and stay away from comedies when it came to writing for Thinking Cinematic. However, I couldn’t ignore Seth MacFarlane’s newest project, Ted. Although Family Guy, as well as the other spin off shows, have never really been my thing, I’ve always respected MacFarlane. He’s just an all around great entertainer and I am always willing to give his creative endeavors a shot and thus I found myself seated this weekend at Ted.

 

Ted is a fun movie but not without its faults. The movie is highly inconsistent and has the same style humor from the Family Guy show. The usual jokes that run on forever until it either hits a funny punch line or becomes so ridiculous that you can’t help but laugh. This is a double edge sword because there are times when the jokes just don’t know when to quit. This style of humor was one of the reasons I eventually found myself turned off from the family guy series. Luckily enough, Ted is limited to its time as being an encapsulated movie. Ted also likes to take cheap shots at other actors, movies, or pop culture references throughout the film and sometimes it works but a lot of the times it felt really forced. Fans familiar with the Family Guy style will definitely be more at home with it but otherwise it is a lot of it is hit and miss.

There are also some stylistic choices that I was on the fence about. One in particular involves a flashback scene where John Bennett is remembering the first time he met his girlfriend from his point of view. He envisions himself as an awesome dancer and a suave guy. The scene itself would have been funny had it not been for the choice to incorporate cartoon sound effects. It really stuck out and was pushing the limit a little too much for my taste.

 

When I first saw the trailer for Ted I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the fact that Ted sounded like Peter Griffin. Having seen the movie I will say that despite the all too familiar voice acting it does lend a certain charm to the character. It’s distinctive enough to give it’s own character to Ted and seem like a real person/stuffed animal. The movie even jokes about itself so it helps that the movie sort of plays into it.

 

The movie has a really nice charm to it, which is so highly contrasting to its characters. A lot of the transitional scenes feature the familiar music of older sitcoms that gives the movie a nice feel. It adds to the absurdity when the next scene involves a teddy bear and a man getting high on the couch while watching SpongeBob. The movie knows what it is and doesn’t aim to be anything more which is why it serves as a decent ‘guy movie.’

 

Ted’s biggest flaw in my opinion was the fact that they tried to ground the movie with the Best Friend versus Girlfriend plot line. I felt as though this was their way of trying to keep the movie believable and more accessible to the audience. However, I wish they would have just embraced the absurdity of the magical talking bear and ran with it. The best section of the entire movie revolves around a party when Ted gets his first apartment. It was ridiculous, fun, and hilarious. However majority of the movie focuses on John Bennett/Mark Wahlberg, and him being stuck in a rut as a good for nothing. His story takes precedence over Ted’s when it should have been the other way around.

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I understand that the Best friend versus Girlfriend plot was suppose to serve as the conflict of the story but the movie also has another conflict that as far as I saw was never hinted at in the trailer. There is an obsessed fan, played Giovanni Ribisi, who wants to buy Ted for his own son. He’s been following Ted since he was in the limelight and obviously harbors messed up feelings. The movie doesn’t focus on this character nearly as much as he deserves especially since Ribisi nails the creepiness out of the park. To me this was a way better conflict and almost serves as a warped version of Toy Story. There’s more potential in this story than there was in the other conflict.

 

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The movie featured a lot of surprise casting that I never once saw in the trailers. I’m purposefully being vague to avoid the cast but it was really awesome to see the actors pop out of nowhere.  This was another complaint of mine, I feel like the side characters were highly under utilized. We rarely get to see Ted interact with other characters aside from John Bennett, Laurie, and a few others. It would have been nice to see John’s Coworkers along with Ted at a bar or some other get together just give a little more time for the side characters to be utilized a bit more. We do see Ted with more than just the three I listed but it’s rare that we see any interaction.

 

Ted is an inconsistent film that borrows a lot of the same style humor from Family Guy. The raunchy and racy humor is extremely hit and miss but it definitely has its hilarious moments. The premise of the movie is extremely clever and intriguing but the movie grounds itself in a familiar plotline to try to appeal to a general audience. The Girlfriend vs. Best Friend plot line eventually ends up hindering this movie from hitting its potential. I can’t help but wish that it just would embrace its absurdity and go with it. Fans of the Family Guy series will find themselves at home but for others, the movie offers very little other than cheap laughs. Luckily enough Ted knows what it is and plays well in its category which creates a decent ‘guy’s movie.’

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