Crazy fun but a Ted offensive
|By Andre Teh my paper Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 TED (M18) Comedy/106 minutes Anyone who has loved a stuffed toy as a kid and yearned for it to be real would probably identify with the protagonists in Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s big-screen directorial debut. In this movie, the titular character, a teddy bear voiced by MacFarlane, comes to life when its owner, a lonely eight-year- old boy, wishes upon a star. For a brief moment, the duo enjoy instant fame as celebrities and even guest star on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Fast-forward 27 years and the world has forgotten them, the two pals having evolved (or rather, devolved) into potty- mouthed, pop culture-savvy deadbeats. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), the boy who has now become a considerably older man, still refuses to grow up, content with spending his days watching Flash Gordon with his furry buddy and ducking under the sheets in terror during thunderstorms. Mila Kunis plays John’s long-suffering girlfriend who, after one catastrophic dinner date too many, delivers an ultimatum – it’s her or the bear. Meanwhile, Ted gets a job as a store clerk so as to score with an attractive checkout girl (the fact that he’s a toy does not tame his libido), while a mysterious stalker (Giovanni Ribisi) has his eye on the bear as a gift for his spoilt son. Fans of MacFarlane and his TV shows Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show will no doubt enjoy his usual brand of no-holds-barred, politically incorrect humour, now unleashed on a larger scale in a feature-length film. …MORE|
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