Seth McFarlane, the man responsible for the animated phenomenon, 'Family Guy' finally gets a shot at a full blown movie and much like his television series, 'Ted' is a wild exercise in hit and miss in terms of the humour.
One Christmas night eight year old John Bennet wished for his teddy bear to be his best friend for life and voila thanks to some Disney style magic, the bear comes to life next morning. After some understandable confusion, Ted the teddy bear is accepted in the family and soon after hailed as a celebrity. The movie cuts to twenty years late and gone is the cuddly cute bear, replaced instead by a foul-mouthed, pot smoking, womanising, cuddly cute bear, Ted (voice of Seth McFarlane) still best friends with John (Mark Wahlberg). John's been trying to get his life together but can't resist wasting time with Ted partying and generally having a good time much to the chagrin of Lori (Mila Kunis), John's girlfriend who after 4 years of the relationship is now waiting for John to wise up and pop the question. Thus begins the tug of war for John between his best friend of twenty years and his girlfriend; whom does Ted chose? Added to the mix is a psychopathic fan of Ted's, Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) who might have sinister plans for Ted.
The movie reeks of the late 80s and early 90s style kiddie sentimentality and this is a good thing that gives the movie a touch of authentic nostalgia which actually keeps it afloat even when the humour quotient can't. The cinematography throughout the movie seems to conveys the emotion of the scene quite effectively, something rare for a film like this.
Mark Wahlberg is his usual self, a better actor would have helped. Community's Joel McHale plays the sleaze-ball boss trying to hit on Lori and he is getting typecast fast; looks like he needs to fire his agent soon or there is no crawling out of this bottomless pit. Giovanni Ribisi plays to his strengths ands comes off as suitably creepy. Mila Kunis lets her astoundingly beautiful large eyes do most of the acting for her. The real star of the show however is Seth McFarlane with his spot on voice-over work.
The trailer might lead you to believe 'Ted' is funnier than it really is but give it a chance and it won't disappoint, and for those who remember your transformation years from carefree youth to responsibility oriented twenties, might find something to reminisce here. Definitely not the funniest film this year, but worth a one time watch.