Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfriend, Jessica Barth
Synopsis: Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. The story continues roughly three years after the first film ended.
Review: The first Ted film was chocked full of filthy humor, 80’s and 90’s pop culture references, and lots and lots of pot smoking.
It was those three elements that were the backbone of Ted, so unsurprisingly, Seth MacFarlane brought back all of them in full force for the sequel.
But what proved to be a winning combination for the first film unfortunately didn’t work as well in the second.
Many of the jokes within the film fell flat; some were more awkward than anything (a cameo by Liam Neeson comes to mind), others were overused, and some of the jokes were extremely inappropriate and seemed to have been used for the sole purpose of a cheap laugh (such as jokes about the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo attacks).
And since many of the jokes and plot points were recycled from the last film, there were no real surprises.
As noted before, pop culture references were abundant in the film, but their inclusion seemed rather forced.
Oblivious to all those references was freshman lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried), John’s (Wahlberg’s) love interest this time around.
Seyfried is endearing and absolutely adorable (per usual), but in a world where a talking teddy bear is fighting for his right to be deemed human, she was the one who often came off absolutely unbelievable as a human being.
That was is in no part due to Seyfried’s acting (which was actually splendid for a comedy of this nature), but rather the writing.
What 26 year old freshman lawyer takes a bong rip in front of her new clients? And who, just who, doesn’t know of Star Wars at that age?!
Shortcomings aside, Ted 2 was actually quite enjoyable.
Fans of the first film and of MacFarlane will most definitely enjoy the humor, flawed as it may have been at times.
Ted 2 may not live up to its predecessor, but it definitely is a mindless comedy perfect for relaxing and getting a few laughs out.
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