Seth MacFarlane, known for his animated Fox comedies including Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, makes his big screen debut with Ted. The movie features Mark Wahlburg playing John Bennett, a man who wished his teddy bear to life as a young boy. After initial fame, Ted and John still have their lifetime bond of friendship. They are pot smoking losers and their lifestyle comes into conflict when Lori (Mila Kunis) asks John to choose between her and Ted.
The movie works very well. There are plenty of jokes to keep the audience happy and MacFarlane’s usual humor translates very well to big screen comedy. The performances from Wahlburg, MacFarlane, and Kunis are all spot on, adding a certain charm to the movie. It makes their characters all likeable.
There are also some very great cameos during the movie that will make different audiences very happy and the last act takes a great turn that you would not expect from MacFarlane. MacFarlane also pulls out all of his well known Family Guy voices at points in the film. All in all, Ted is a solid effort that I highly recommend seeing. MacFarlane’s stock will certainly be rising in Hollywood and this could lead to more comedy movie work for him.
Ted is rated R and is not a family friendly movie. It gets its rating for for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use.