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THE GUARDIAN REVIEW ON TED
“Generous, wholesome and healthily upbeat – is very wrong for this film. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of TV’s Family Guy, has co-written and directed a stoner fantasy comedy which is cynical and lethargic, sour and dour; it is misanthropic, crass, facetious, offensive, immature and very funny. Ted is about a grown man’s relationship with a non-imaginary imaginary animal; it is quite without the sympathetic, redemptive notes of films such as Harvey or ET or the Toy Stories, movies to which it would not dare or bother to compare itself. However, compared to The Beaver starring Mel Gibson, the tale of a menopausal executive who speaks to a hand puppet, Ted is a watercolour exercise in whimsical charm.
- Production year: 2012
- Country: USA
- Cert (UK): 15
- Runtime: 106 mins
- Directors: Seth MacFarlane
- Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton, Seth MacFarlane, Seth Rogen, Sir Patrick Stewart
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Stolid, easygoing Mark Wahlberg stars as John Bennett, who as a lonely and unhappy child growing up in 1980s Massachusetts made a poignant Christmas wish on a falling star. He yearned for his teddy bear, named Teddy, to come to life … and so it did. We see the process of Teddy becoming a national sensation with TV appearances on Johnny Carson, but before you know it, they are both grown up, and Teddy has become curtly abbreviated to Ted (voiced by MacFarlane). He’s a has-been, an ex-celebrity, depressed and foul-mouthed, addicted to casual and demeaning sex, smoking weed with his feckless buddy John on the couch at nine in the morning, or in the park, and complaining that he feels like one of the cast members of Diff’rent Strokes – ”You know, the live ones.” As for John, his adulthood has been catastrophically impaired by loyalty to his friend, the way the mental age of famous people is frozen at the age at which they became famous. He is working for a boring car-hire company, but is living with a beautiful, ambitious and very tolerant career woman, Lori (Mila Kunis), who is sick of sharing her man with a talking toy bear. Soon it will be time for John to make a big life choice. Either Ted goes – or she does.”
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