TV And Movie Guide - Ted
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his
boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen
for the first time as writer, director and voice star of
Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells
the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown
man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear
who came to life as the result of a childhood
wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.
Anyone who’s watched Family Guy
knows that its creator Seth MacFarlane
has a lot of hang-ups. As outrageous as
many of them are in their animated TV
show forum, they get a real rundown in
Ted, MacFarlane’s multi-hyphenate
debut in feature films. As the director,
producer, cowriter, and voice artist
behind the title character, MacFarlane
riffs on pop culture, drug culture,
religion, sex, bodily functions, and all things ’80s with the kind of abandon that borders on
offensive to pretty much anyone–if only it all weren’t so spot-on funny. Ted is an utterly
believable CGI teddy bear who comes to life in the arms of a friendless 8-year-old boy named
John, who quickly grows up to be Mark Wahlberg. John has made a wish that the pudgy plush be
a friend for forever, a deal that they both hold on to with genuine poignancy as the years roll by.
Ted grows right along with John in voice, manner, attitude, and bad habits until they’re both
unmotivated layabouts who would rather do nothing more than swill beer, smoke dope, and
watch the absurdly iconic ’80s movie Flash Gordon over and over again to the exclusion of most
everything else in life. John has managed to pick up a girlfriend named Lori (Mila Kunis), who
somehow tolerates the pair of them–at least for a little while. Eventually she’s annoyed enough
with John for not putting away his childish things, thoughts, and behaviors that she demands
Ted move out and let them move on as adults.
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