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Published on June 26th, 2015 | by gareth

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Ted 2

The foul-mouthed but lovable Ted is back in a brand new adventure bigger and more outrageous than the first film. The new film opens with Ted (Seth MacFarlane), marrying Tami-Lynn and in the first five minutes floors the audience with drug, Gay, and sex jokes, with a Flash Gordon sighting and a musical number to boot.

When Ted attempts to adopt a baby, he triggers a chain of events into motion that cause him to be classified as property. As such he has no legal rights and cannot hold a job, have a bank account, adopt, and marry which causes everything Ted has worked for to vanish.

Thankfully for Ted his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg), is by his side no matter what and helps him find a new lawyer named Samantha (Amanda Seyfried), who decides to take on the case and resolves to get Ted recognized as a person.

Naturally things do not go as planned as Ted and John keep getting into trouble despite their best intentions and combined with a threat from Ted’s past emerging once again, things are looking bleak indeed.

Along the way there are more than a few celebrity cameos and tons of rude, crude, and often very funny jokes to go along with the constant drug humor. Ted is not for everyone but there is a softer side to the character, and Mac Farlane keeps things moving at a fast clip, which never lets the film drag on without unleashing a new barrage of comedic situations on the audience.

If you liked the first film, you will likely enjoy “Ted 2” as I found it a very pleasant and often funny film that actually improved on the first film.

3.5 stars out of 5

 

Review By Sasha Glenn

With a Seth MacFarlane creation, audiences pretty much know what to expect. Every other line is a punch line, no one and nothing is safe from being made into a joke, and there are no boundaries of political correctness holding the humor back.

Like the first film, on paper the plot of “Ted 2” sounds too farfetched to pull off. The sequel to “Ted,” brings John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and his teddy bear wing man back to the silver screen. This time around Ted (Seth MacFarlane) gets married to his human girlfriend Tami-Lyn (Jessica Barth).

When Ted’s personhood comes under legal scrutiny, the film starts to possess all the elements of a magical fairy tale for adults. Even the music is similar to that of a Disney movie. Dramatic classical, sucking the audience into the chaos of the moment.

The two best friends set out on a race for justice, employing pot smoking junior attorney Samantha Leslie Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) to help them win the fight.

Of course, the tale is complete with a villain who plots to prove Ted is merely a possession and steal him away. Donny, played by Giovanni Ribisi, is a creepy janitor obsessed with having a “Ted” of his very own. Ribisi has truly gotten the awkward, slightly creepy guy act down perfect. His twitchy expression, greasy hair, and meek but unpredictable body language is foreboding and funny all at once.

Overall the casting is quite impressive and makes for a quirky combination, pulling in names like Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and David Hasselhoff.

Similar to Macfarlane’s “Family Guy” and “A Million Ways to Die in The West,” this film is packed with clever humor, fast moving scenes, and slightly political undertones. Also like his past work, it is not for the easily offended.

Making for the complete adult-childhood adventure, the plot of “Ted 2” surpasses the ridiculousness of the first film and is far more entertaining. I give “Ted 2” 4 out of 5 stars.

 


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.



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