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    Ted (2012: Seth MacFarlane)


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    Post  Masterofoneinchpunch Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:53 pm

    Ted (2012: Seth MacFarlane) **½/****

    At least two members of the audience thought this was the funniest movie ever. Their loud laughs, guffaws, bellows, spit-sounds, flatulence and various assorted noises coming from every orifice that can expel air dominated many of the jokes. They acted as the theater's laugh track. Of course some jokes I found funny were met by dead silence from the audience. Do you ever see a homage and want to state out loud where it comes from? There is a pretty big homage to Airplane which would probably be funny for those who have not seen it. Nevertheless, do you ever secretly wish that an audience member would explode like Weird Al Yankovic's head in Spy Hard ?

    The film starts off to great promise with narration from Patrick Stewart to the explanation of Ted's (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) anatomically incorrect creation as a Christmas wish, to his stardom and eventually his fall from fame like a modern day Corey Feldman. Now in the modern day, we have a 35-year old John (Marc Walhberg) as a rental car worker in Boston who has a stunning corporate girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) who tolerates his adolescent and repressed lifestyle of weed, Flash Gordon obsessing, and DVD watching, but yearns for him to make more of himself. His "thunder buddy" Ted has been a catalyst in all of this.

    Lori gives John an ultimatum to clean up his act. This forces Ted to live on his own. This leads to one of my favorite scenes in the film where Ted goes for a job interview in a supermarket. How long will this separation of Ted and John solve the relationship issues between John and Lori?

    Surprisingly this film is really a romantic comedy. It has the whole basic template of boy girl in long relationship, boy goofs-off one two many times to break-up relationship, they later get back together because boy finally reforms. Yes there is even a comedic "meet cute " in the film. Throw in a few additional familiar elements like the loser protagonist (Failure to Launch, Management, The Bounty Hunter) goof-off friend (who just happens to be a live drug addicted fowl-mouthed teddy bear) who always gets the protagonist in trouble (You, Me and Dupree) and a boss who wants to go out with the girlfriend and threatens the fabric of their relationship with lies (they even show scenes in the film from Bridget Jone's Diary). Add in a teddy bear stalker in Giovanni Ribisi (my favorite role of his was in My Name is Earl) and you pretty much know the whole arc and flow of the film.

    I do not particularly find pot heads funny. Some of the things they do can be peculiar or bizarre, but the act itself is not hilarious. However cokeheads are a different story -- the laughs in Scarface for instance and the party scene here with Mr. Flash Gordon himself Sam Jones.

    I know many of you will like the film more than I did. The film has been a critical hit and box office hit domestically (over 200 million dollars) and even worldwide where people have wanted to see a surly and scurrilous stuffed teddy bear. For me though, it was a mixed result. Where this film is funniest is when it deals with a variety of topical, cinematic and cultural references and oddball jokes. At its worst is when the plot is typical boilerplate, dime-a-dozen, cookie-cutter rom-com. Maybe I have seen too much Family Guy, maybe I was just in a bad mood, maybe my hatred toward anthropomorphic creatures are too great, but too often I was just restless with the material, though I had a decent amount of laughs. Now if there had been more hooker poop ...

    No extras after the credits.

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