Just Don't Call him Ruxpin
As a child John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) had trouble making friends, fortunately his parents got him a talking Ted which became his best friend, and one which came to life when John made a wish upon a star. Whilst Ted became a celeb he always stood by John and when Ted's star started to fall John was always there for him and when thunder storms came they were always there for each other. The trouble is now as adults John and Ted are still best buds and behaving like teenagers which doesn't go down well with John's girlfriend of four years Lori (Mila Kunis) who thinks its time John and Ted had some distance between them, easier said than done.
I think Seth MacFarlane may have scored a first and that is given me a movie which I enjoyed, would watch again and again but for the life of me I cannot remember one funny line from it. Oh I can remember some seriously funny scenes from Ted humping a display on a supermarket cash desk, a scene featuring Sam Jones and a whole lot more. In fairness I can even remember the tone and that is easy because it's crazy, anything goes from sex jokes, gay joke, to jokes about racism and a whole lot more including some cameos.
But here is the daftest of things, when you remove the jokes what you have is a derivative storyline about a boyfriend having to choose between his old life and a grown up life with a girlfriend. Not only that the special effects of Ted moving are incredibly reminiscent of "A.I.". Even some of the jokes such as the "Saturday Night Fever" scene are so spoof like it almost feels like they are a spoof of a spoof movie.
Yet despite this I still love "Ted" I love the juvenile humour, the scene of Ted doing drugs and partying, the daft humour, the cameos, the spoofing and so much more. I also love the casting with Mark Wahlberg's blank expression working well when talking to Ted while Mila Kunis deliver her rom-com shtick works. Basically "Ted" is like a small box of six chicken nuggets, there's not a lot there, it's not very good for you, it's not filling in the slightest but they are enjoyable and I will be back for more.
What this all boils down to is that "Ted" is simply daft, it is a lot of crazy comedy with a foul mouthed Teddy thrown over a slim, cliche storyline but it works as long as you are still in touch with your juvenile side.