A big weekend for movie goers seeking a comedic genre this past weekend with releases such as “Magic Mike” and “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection”; box office results, however, showed a dominance in favor of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy about a grown up teddy bear named “Ted”, with weekend numbers reaching $54.1 million.
Poking fun at his native hometown of Boston, co-star Mark Wahlberg was the perfect compliment to the raunchy and offensive teddy bear-come-to-life, Ted. At the helm of writing and directing the flick, Seth MacFarlane adds life and personality to the little bear with a big attitude.
“Ted” opens up with a young John Bennett having trouble socializing with the children in his neighborhood. Desperate for companionship, John wishes for his favorite teddy bear to come to life so that he can always have a best friend. John’s wish comes true, and that friendship carries into adulthood. Now in a relationship with his girlfriend of four years, Lori (Mila Kunis), John (Mark Wahlberg) must decide who must take the backseat of his affection. Other familiar faces such as Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Alex Borstein, and Ralph Garmin complete the cast with Patrick Stewart at the helm of narration. Other surprise faces appear throughout the movie as well.
Movie goers that consider themselves fans of the “Family Guy” franchise will find an all too familiar style of comedy. “Ted” is extremely raunchy and offensive, and still hilarious. The comedy stays relevant and funny throughout the entire movie and even manages to mix in a softer side to the overall story. Yes, there are constant Star Wars references (which I loved, obviously) and flagrant fart jokes (which never get old, I don’t care who you are), but “Ted” also shows what it is like to grow up and have our priorities change. With a running time just short of 2 hours (which I thought was the only weakness seeing as how some scenes could have been cut), “Ted” is definitely a movie that will keep you laughing and worth the $12.50 ticket price to view in theaters.