Released: June 2015
Seen: July 2015
Cinema: Hoyts Lux (similar to Gold / Luxury Class – food service during the movie)
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried
Rating: 6.5 / 10
Life has changed drastically for thunder buddies John (Mark Wahlberg), now a bachelor, and best pal Ted (Seth MacFarlane), now married to the woman (Jessica Barth) of his dreams. Problems arise when the couple decide to adopt a child, but the law declares Ted to be property and not a person. Angry and dejected, the lovably foulmouthed teddy bear must now seek legal help from a young lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) and a legendary, civil-rights attorney (Morgan Freeman) to get the justice he deserves.
Review (warning spoilers)
A Seth MacFarlane comedy is always going to be more base comedy with a lot of references to geek culture with body humour. Basically any movie he makes is a guys movie. So when my work’s Social Club offered discount tickets to Ted 2 I was in and taking my nephew Andrew who loves anthing Seth creates or voices.
The first Ted was a breakout success, low brow humour but also touching at times. Mila Kunis was a major reason the first movie work for me, she has great comedic acting chops and bought the heart of the movie at the end making it seems her relationship with John (Wahlberg) was something special. So it as a great shame Mila wasn’t back this time. It did open up a new story but I like sequels to keep the movie logic.
Ted 2 is still funny, especially in the second half, and there is a lot of call back to the original movie reversing scenes to great effect. I found Ted 2 a passable film, my nephew loved it so mabe it is aimed more at 20 year old male population.
The storyline is crazy but hey we started with a ‘live’ teddy bear so you just go with it. Amanda Seyfried as a pot smoking lawyer makes the most of her screen time, she is almost a male version of John but obviously way smarter to become a lawyer. Morgan Freeman has a small but very important part saving the day and getting Ted ‘human’ rights. The journey is definitely entertaining but some of the secondary characters from the first movie should have been dropped, lightning for these characters didn’t strike twice.
Recommendation: See this movie with 15-30 year old males and enjoy.