Monday, June 29, 2015

Ted 2 Review

Ted 2 Review
I really loved the first "Ted" movie. It was big and demented and full of humor. That is exactly what I have come to expect from Seth MacFarlane. I love "Family Guy" and I am also very fond of "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show" for as long as it lasted. I know this isn't the type of humor everybody hopes for, but it certainly works for me. MacFarlane's humor can be rough and a little harsh. It is also as raunchy and as slapstick as raunchy and slapstick can possibly get. It can be a little too much, even for me. In fact, last year, it was a little too much. I wasn't as fond of "A Million Ways To Die In The West," and that was something I had high hopes for. But I loved "Ted" so much, so how bad could "Ted 2" be?

Well, "Ted 2" is a sequel, and many of the films problems are sequel problems. I figured since MacFarland got his start on television, he'd have different ideas and we would have a wide venue of different paths of comedy to take. But MacFarland essentially made the same movie over again. I didn't know what to expect with MacFarland's sequel, but I didn't expect him to aim so low. Much like an episode of "Family Guy," "Ted 2" kind of goes off into different directions. First, it seems the film is about Ted (voiced by MacFarland) trying to have a child to save his marriage. Then the film turns into a fable about what defies a human or living being. While a quick story within a bigger story may work for television, I don't know how well it translated out into film.

But hey, here is the thing. I did laugh a lot throughout the film. I am not sure if I was hyperventilating like I did the first film. But I did like a lot. Like I said above, I am a huge fan of the comedy that MacFarland produces, so perhaps I am a target audience here. If you like shows like "Family Guy" or "American Dad!" or if you liked the first "Ted" film, then "Ted 2" is worth at least a look. That style of humor is laced throughout the entire movie, and it never lets up. I think MacFarland is much more effective with landing his jokes than say he was with "A Million Ways To Die In The West," even though I think the New York Comic-Con scene near the end was a little too over-the-top.

John (Mark Wahlberg) and his best friend Ted go on several adventures in the movie. John stands during Ted's wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), but sadly a year later, they marriage is on the verge of extinction. In order to help this, John donates sperm to Ted, which ends badly. Ted and Tami-Lynn try to adopt but there is controversy over Ted not being human, so Ted plans to go to court. They hire newbie lawyer Samantha Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) to help them. Will it be enough to convince Ted he's a human?

Its kind of a goofball story, but MacFarland had a lot of leeway to do some big things with his script. I will say again, there is lots of funny material in the movie. But from a storytelling standpoint, "Ted 2" is a little disappointing. Giovanni Ribisi returns as Donny, and even though his evil plot is a little different, the execution and reasoning behind it is all the same as the first movie. There are so many similarities between this movie and the first movie, that it almost doesn't feel like a sequel. It feels like a continuation of what came before. The film might feature big laughs, but it lacks the inspiration of a good story.

FINAL GRADE: C+


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