Back in 2012, we met Ted, a teddy bear who is wished into real life by his owner John (Wahlberg). But Ted isn’t a cute child’s bear. Oh no. Ted is a smart arse, loud mouthed, obnoxious, sweary, pot smoking bear. The original movie was just 100 or so minutes of one frat boy joke after another and central to its surprise success was the relationship between John and Ted.
Ted 2 picks up a year or so after it’s predecessor and Ted wants to settle down and marry Tammy-Lynn (Barth) and naturally, they want to start a family. Obviously as Ted is a bear, he cannot father a child (so to speak) so they must adopt. This exposes the couple to a minefield of complications and allows the movie to have a heart…. a real true heart.
But does it succeed?
The first act concentrates on Ted, Tammy Lynn and their struggle to have a baby. Having exhausted all avenues, they finally decide to adopt and it is here that the movie makes a small but significant shift. The pair cannot adopt because Ted is not a human so they must prove that he is. This of course comes with its own set of laughs but it also digs a little deeper at the very topical issues of human rights in our western world.
Tammy Lynn is desperately upset at not being able to adopt and the letter she reads, dissolving her marriage and invalidating her entire relationship with Ted, is heart wrenching as it could have been penned to any person seeking marriage equality. For all this movie’s suspension of disbelief and it’s crass sensibilities, it nails this.
Tammy Lynn still longs for a baby so Ted and John enlist the help of fresh, young lawyer Samantha (Seyfried) to help them fight for what is right. This leads them on a road trip to New York which proves to be the movie’s weakest point. I won’t spoil it for anyone but these scenes could have been sliced out almost entirely and it would have had little impact on the movie.
Creepy Donny (Ribisi) is back and with cameos by the like of Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson, it’s worth a look.
One thing I must comment on is the plethora of inside movie jokes. Seriously, how many can you pick? No words…….they should have sent a poet.
Overall, if you liked Ted, you will like Ted 2. It is childish, gross humour but it’s funny. Yeah so you feel a bit guilty for laughing and a bit guilty for even finding it funny but so what. It makes fun of everyone and marginalises none. If you didn’t like Ted, then what makes you think this will be any different. No, you won’t like this either.
I thought it was funny even though I should know better. But whatever ….. 😛
2 1/2 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Seth McFarlane
Starring : Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Seth McFarlane, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Sam J Jones, Liam Neeson, Tom Brady,
Running Time : 115 minutes
Release Date : 25 June 2015