Review of Ted

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Seth MacFarlane directs this film about a man whose teddy bear comes to life when a childhood wish comes true. McFarlane voices the bear (Ted), while Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis also star.

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Movie Review: "Ted" --

Rating: R (crude and sexual content, drug use, pervasive language)
Length: 106 min
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis
Stars: 3 out of 5

Never one to let us down, Seth MacFarlane has brought the goods with "Ted." In this raunchy new comedy, MacFarlane voices the title character, a seemingly adorable, stuffed plush bear. His attitude is anything but adorable with his foul-mouthed, pot-smoking, sex-crazed ways outshining his fuzzy appearance.

The combination of the wholesome childhood character and the sexually charged, obscene comedy works well in the film, providing plenty of laughs along the way. Nothing catches you more off guard than a cute teddy bear cracking obscene jokes. MacFarlane truly hit the nail on the head with this mash up.

While many know MacFarlane for his boundary-pushing hit "Family Guy," some may be new to his crude and often times offensive form of comedy. "Ted" surely will not disappoint fans, dishing out heaps of this humor on a golden plate. "Ted" is most certainly not a movie for those who are easily offended. The writing includes playful jabs at everything from MacFarlane's own "Family Guy" to pop culture icon Katy Perry. Nothing is off limits, as there are plenty of jokes for everyone. No one is safe from the foul-mouthed tirades of Ted.

The story begins with a tale of a boy and his bear. Long ago, a young boy wished upon a star for his beloved friend, a stuffed bear, to come to life. In a miracle, his one and only true friend, Ted the stuffed bear, came to life. From that day forth, they grew together into adulthood. It seems happy enough, but of course, MacFarlane needs to spruce things up a bit. You see, this cute stuffed bear happens to have quite the dirty mind and foul mouth.

Early in his life as a living stuffed bear, Ted becomes famous. He's actually famous enough to appear on the Johnny Carson show at one point. While this doesn't appear to add much to the storyline, it does explain why no one is freaked out about a stuffed bear walking around.

John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted are best buds who don't plan on growing up anytime soon. John shares Ted's penchant for smoking marijuana and slacking off. Happily living a mediocre lifestyle, John works as a rental car clerk and watches television all day long. He and Ted are the definition of slacker. Oddly enough, he's dating the impossibly beautiful Lori (Mila Kunis) who is quite successful and tired of her partner's lazy ways.

What gives "Ted" an upper hand over most so-called bromance films of today is the overwhelming personality of Ted. Rather than getting completely mushy on us, "Ted" delivers a friendship between two males that is real, honest, and completely hilarious.

Conflict arises when Lori demands that John straighten up his act and get serious about being a grown up. Seemingly in order to grow up, John must leave behind his beloved dirty-mouthed friend and take life seriously. After a heated exchange between the couple, Ted moves out into his own place. While the move was meant to make the couple closer, it backfires completely as John begins spending more time over Ted's than with Lori.

Things crumble fast as both relationships of John's take serious hits. As John loses Lori to his bromance with Ted, he angrily blames everything on Ted and cuts him out of his life. It's a surprisingly low period in such a funny flick, but it's a welcomed bit of emotion and human touch to the otherwise immature John.

In time, John realizes that he's made a horrible mistake with both relationships and reconciles with Ted. After arranging a love song with the help of Ted at a Norah Jones concert, John attempts to woo Lori back to him. It proves to get Lori interested in him again.

After the show, Ted meets with Lori to admit to his wrongs about causing the split between her and John. He promises to leave the couple alone for good if she agrees to speak with John and mend things. It's a surprisingly selfless act of Ted's that shows significant growth from his juvenile ways.

Along with the main plot of the movie, there runs a subplot involving the creepiest of men, Donny (Giovanni Ribisi). Donny has an obsession with Ted and wants him for his son, the brutish Robert. He tries furiously to get his hands on the bear and successfully kidnaps him right after he meets with Lori.

Realizing Ted is in grave danger, Lori and John team up to rescue Ted. As they band together and chase down Robert, Ted is seriously injured. He's actually completely torn in half. While this normally would be completely revolting if it was a human, it's surprisingly touching to see the bear's friends grab at his stuffing to put him back together again. Unfortunately, the vulgar but loveable bear passes away.

Without giving too much away, we can reveal that things improve for the trio and the ending is a happy one for all. Never one to disappoint, the ending is sure to bring laughs for all. "Ted" is a fun flick to catch if you're in the mood for some hearty laughs and raunchy humor. It's sure to provide you with some good laughs and fun punch lines to share with friends.