Yes, I know Seth MacFarlane is the “it” guy these days for his work on TV. But, I don’t judge people for their work in television. Don’t watch TV. Never seen his shows. And, I probably never will.
I have seen MacFarlane on television and like his politics. He’s funny in a talk show setting. And, maybe his TV shows are funny. But, this movie is for morons, pure and simple.
Ted is a come-to-life teddy bear. He speaks. He fornicates. He cracks wise. But, a Teddy Bear and his best friend (Mark Wahlberg), a 35-year-old man still afraid of thunder, is a one-note comedy. Both are incredibly annoying. And, the target audience appears to be children (literally).
At a recent screening in Gainesville, Texas, a small child in the audience laughed uncontrollably at the bear, making several folks including myself uneasy. The parents tried to quiet the kid. But, he just kept laughing like a lunatic at the hard-R rated comedy. Made me think about what the bear was actually saying and how the film pandered to the low-brow crowd.
Drama is easy. Comedy is hard. Just ask Ted. Grade: D
Opening Date: June 29, 2012
Runtime: 106 minutes
Released by Universal Studios