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FILM REVIEW: TED

From The Creator of Family Guy comes Family Guy…with a Bear

By: Jake Horowitz

Published: June 29th, 2012 in Culture » Film » Reviews

FILM REVIEW: TED

From the creator of Family Guy comes a movie unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. That is, of course, unless you’ve ever seen an episode of Family Guy. Then, you’ve already seen it.

Written and directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Ted is the story of a teddy bear that comes to life and becomes best friends with a little boy named John Bennett. That little boy eventually becomes a grown man (albeit one with some serious issues), portrayed by Mark Wahlberg.

John and his furry friend Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane and channeling his best Peter Griffin, consider smoking pot and drinking beer to be a successful day. Well, who doesn’t? John has nothing going for him in his life, except for his beautiful girlfriend Lori, played by arguably the hottest Jewish woman of all time, Mila Kunis, whom he has been dating for four years. Kunis, it should be noted, voices Family Guy’s Meg, coincidentally enough.

After four years of dating, Lori is ready to settle down and get married. She loves John but he seems to prefer the company of the bear. (Issue number one: he prefers to hang out with a Teddy Bear instead of Mila Kunis in a teddy!) So naturally, Lori wants John to ditch his lifelong stuffed friend and start acting like a man. If this sounds familiar it’s because it’s almost the exact same plot as The Muppets, which came out just a few months ago. However, the difference here is the R-rated jokes and the frequent cut-away gags and arbitrary, obscure pop-culture references. So basically it’s just like Family Guy Meets The Muppets.

So yes, Ted is very familiar on a few levels — including style, plot, and substance — but it still has enough good in it to make up for it’s familiarity. If you are a fan of Family Guy, you will definitely enjoy Ted. If you were a fan of Family Guy, you will probably enjoy Ted. If you are not a fan of Family Guy, you most likely will not enjoy Ted. Also, if you are a fan of drunken, foul-mouthed talking bears with Boston accents, well… give this movie a shot, you may enjoy it.

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