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Ted2012

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlene

When you were a kid, did you ever wish your favourite toy would come to life and be your best friend forever? Well, that’s the premise of this film from ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth McFarlane. (I never did have that wish… my favourite toy was an electronic LCD cowboy game, and for that to come to life would have just been… weird.)

When he’s a loner kid John Bennett makes the wish for his teddy bear ‘Teddy’ to be real and be his best friend forever. This happens of course (wouldn’t be a movie without it) and we then catch up with the duo in their mid-thirties. Ted had become an overnight success and was on chat shows, etc. But his fame was short lived. They now spend their time getting stoned, reminiscing about Flash Gordon and getting scared of thunder. John (Mark Wahlberg) is also (somehow) in a relationship with a beautiful girl called Lori Bennett (Mila Kunis) but his lackadaisical lifestyle is slowly grinding the relationship to a halt. John has to decide who is more important to him…his fuzzy lifelong buddy, or the love of his life.

The film is very, very funny. I’ve been a fan of Family Guy since day one, so the humour was right up my street. It’s crude, offensive (making sideswipes at Jews, 9/11 and even Susan Boyle) but strangely, it’s also got a lot of heart too.

Seth McFarlane voices Ted and his drawl is very well suited to that of a bear. The voice may sound slightly familiar, as Ted himself says at one point ‘I do not sound like Peter Griffin’, but it works a treat. The excellent thing about the special effects is that you completely believe in Ted. He’s a real thing. You forget how much of a “special effect” film this actually is… and that is a credit to the team behind it.

The rest of the cast are equally impressive. Mark Wahlberg plays the stoner loser very well and Mila Kunis is as lovely and gorgeous and talented and sweet and lovely as always… I like her… ahem… also extremely strong and very creepy is the marvellous Giovanni Ribisi as a big, slightly obsessed fan of Ted.

Also good to see is regulars from Family Guy in bit parts (Alex Borstein and Patrick Warburton) and some brilliant cameos, one in particular had my giggling like an idiot… he’s in the party scene… can’t miss him. Add to that, the whole package is bookended by a hilarious narration from our own Patrick Stewart.

If you can stomach the bad language and stoner humour, you’ll have a blast with Ted. I kinda wish I could hang out with the fuzzy little bastard myself.

★★★★

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