Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, John Carroll Lynch, John Slattery
Age Rating: R/15
Running Time: 115 minutes
The ‘cute and cuddly’ bear is back in this outrageous and hilarious comedy sequel, directed by FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane, once again starring Mark Wahlberg as Ted’s best friend/owner John, Amanda Seyfried taking the place of Mila Kunis from the first film as John’s love interest, and a whole host of cameos which will have you laughing throughout.
Following on from their unique relationship in the original, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) walk into married life as the happy (and crude) couple. One year down the line, and it is not looking so perfect. Low on income, excitement and apparent love for one another, they both decide that the logical solution for their marriage is to have a baby. After coming up against the many reasons why they can’t have a child of their own, Ted ends up battling the justice system with his best friend John and their junior lawyer Samantha to prove that he is a person and deserves the civil rights needed to legally be married and have a child. Will Ted beat the courts of justice? You’ll have to get to the cinema next week to find out!
Very few comedy sequels manage to capture the brilliance of the first film and live up to it. TED 2 however, is definitely an exception. Personally on par with the original, TED 2 pushes all the comedy boundaries one could imagine in this day and age, tying in a plot line which has been receiving major American criticism for its insensitive attitude to the likes of gay marriage and civil rights, which have been delicate issues in America for the past few years. In addition to this, there is a particular ‘improv’ scene later in the film which really makes you think “Did they just say that?!” However, if you loved TED and you love FAMILY GUY, all this eccentric and risqué comedy is what you watch for, so I can promise that you will not be disappointed.
Wahlberg is once again comedy gold, playing his naïve and idiotic character of John, missing his ex-wife Lori (Mila Kunis) and trying to move on throughout the film. This was one of my big worries for the second film, as I was a big fan of Mila Kunis’ character, but Seyfried pleasantly surprised me as Samantha. She was just as outrageous as Ted and John at points, but obviously with a little more common sense. It is definitely one of my most favourite Amanda Seyfried roles to date.
For a comedy, there is very little I can criticise with this film, apart from perhaps its length. A near 2 hour feature is not what you expect from a Seth MacFarlane film, and although there was undoubtedly non-stop comedy throughout, I did get the feeling that it dragged on a little bit.
Overall, TED 2 is a silly tale of a bear trying to win his civil rights, but incredibly one which captivates you and even tricks you into believing it is a serious matter. All the cast are great in their roles, creating countless laugh-out-loud moments, memorable one-liners and a brilliant New York comic-con scene. There is a terrific selection of cameos in this film, which actually apply to personal lives and previous work of the two leads, rather than just simply thrown in there to attract viewers. If you’re a lover of Seth MacFarlane’s risqué comedy, you will love this film. If not, at times your boundaries will be pushed, but I suggest rolling with it, sitting back and enjoying potentially one of the best comedies of the summer.
Recommendation: A film full of hilarious, non-stop comedy, which tests your sense of humour but surprsingly has a lot of sentimental value as well! Perfect for a date night or even a group watch. Get to the cinema and make the most of meerkat movies!
TED 2 is released in the UK July 8.
Originally written for Screen Relish and adapted for personal use only. Thanks to them for the opportunity to write this piece.