3 / 5
Ted 2, a mixture of the crude, the outrageous, the funny, gobsmacking and bad.
Ted 2 is the sequel to the hugely successful first Seth MacFarlane film which brought in over $500m and also an Oscar nomination for Best Song. John (Mark Wahlberg) has divorced from Lori and Ted is married but it is already beginning to break down, so Ted and wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) decide to have a baby to save their marriage. But this decision sets them on a path that ultimately determines whether Ted is a person or property.
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, John Slattery, Patrick Stewart, Patrick Warburton)
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Ted 2 is very much a film aimed at the 18-30 audience who share the same cynical, outrageous and rude sense of humour that is exhibited on MacFarlane’s Family Guy. There are countless occasions where I laughed out loud but also thought bad that I was laughing. He treads the line and probably goes past it sometimes when someone is the butt of a joke. There are several incidents that are met with hoards of bellylaughter from the packed cinema, but none as much as the scene in the fertility clinic. The audience are already anticipating some horrendous scene where John and Ted cause an accident or do something bad, but it still doesn’t stop them from laughing when it inevitably happens. There are some more laugh out loud moments, but also some that fall flat, as Ted 2 attempts to live up to the first film.
There are some cameos, Liam Neeson’s was a bit of a miss, as he plays himself, but he acts as if he is still in a Taken film, which could have been great, but it seemed a bit awkward. Tom Brady’s was good however, probably because of the situation that Ted and John find themselves in. It is probably a situation that has never been done before and I doubt that there will be a film that attempts to do the same.
Seth MacFarlane has a way of including good musical numbers into his work, and this film is no different. For starters, there is the brilliantly animated and choreographed opening number which could have turned Ted 2 into a musical rather than a comedy it was so well done. But the stand out musical score was Amanda Seyfried’s rendition of Mean Ol’ Moon.
The ending seemed a bit rushed in comparison to the whole film, and it seemed predictable. But this type of film doesn’t need to be anything other than an outrageous comedy which on the whole it has achieved and it is an adequate sequel to Ted. Ted 2 is nothing special but it provides the crude and ludicrous scenarios that you can’t help but laugh at.