For what it's worth, Ted is funniest film I've seen this year. It will most definitely be one of those comedies I would own that I keep popping into the player whenever I feel like lightening up. Director Seth MacFarlane (who is hosting the Oscars next year, I pray for the audience) references films like Airplane (1980) and Flash Gordon (1980). If you've seen them, you will like this kind of funny. If you haven't, I'm pretty sure you've seen Family Guy (which is MacFarlane's baby) and you'll definitely like this kind of funny.
The film is about John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) who owns a teddy bear that magically comes to life because of a simple childish wish. In essence, the film is about arrested development, specifically the Peter Pan syndrome wherein the boy never wants to grow up. We've seen several daft comedies with the primary characters suffering from this very crisis. But this film actually makes you care for its characters. Even during bizarre situations which seem amazingly implausible, it makes you suspend all disbelief and has so much fun doing it. There are scenes of melodrama at the end and those work too!
Mark Wahlberg is the king of spitfire dialogue. The scene where he literally machine-guns white trash names is flat-out awesome. Somebody cast him in a screwball comedy already! (Just don't remake His Girl Friday or Bringing Up Baby). Mila Kunis looks hot yet again. But the film belongs to the guy it should belong to: MacFarlane/ Ted.
Ted starts and ends with a voice-over narration by Patrick Stewart that had me in splits. There are some hilarious camera movements and tongue-in-cheek cutting (How can film technique be funny? I know right!). A film that makes you write a sentence like that has surely done its comedic homework really well. But let me elucidate: During the conversation with Ted and John while they are on coke, there are swish pans which make the situation more hectic. The dramatic swish zooms when John is heading to a party to meet his childhood idol. You know? Those. The fact that his childhood idol is Sam J. Jones also says a lot about this film. The fact that the films embraces this with open arms makes it shed off all pretentions, which in turn, makes you open yours and give it a bear hug.
If I have to pick one, just one scene that made me laugh so hard that it scared off the people around me, it would be the fight scene. This is by far the best best-friends fighting scene in the history of art. I have never been a fan of dirty humor and trash talking but this is something special. This is as dirty, witty, bromantic and laugh-out-loud funny as any film this year can get.view less