By Leisanne Smeadala
First of all, let me just say that all I knew about Ted going in was that it had a teddy bear in it. The teddy bear thing intrigued and interested me because I have a friend who has a very large teddy bear that has its own Facebook page and travels around on exciting adventures with her and her family. So, when I saw something on the internet about Ted, I immediately emailed my friend and asked her when we were taking Simon to the movies.
We didn’t end up seeing the movie together, and honestly, I’m not sure she took Simon to see Ted at all, which is probably a good thing because Simon would have needed his eyes covered and ear muffs on to watch Ted. Simon is a good teddy bear, and Ted is a very naughty bear with quite the potty mouth!! That being said, I loved him and thought Nora Jones was quite lucky to have slept with him.
So picture this, true story, the movie starts and there on the tv screen in the movie is a Flash Gordon clip! I burst out laughing because I love Flash Gordon. I watched it no less than 100 times as a kid. It probably was one of those things that just kept repeating on HBO and every time it was on I sat down and watched it again. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t? Sam Jones was so dreamy. I loved him almost as much as I loved Robert Redford in The Natural, which I also watched no less than 100 times on HBO in the 80’s.
So the movie continues and Ted speaks, and, of course, I burst out laughing again because it’s Peter Griffin!!!
OMG… seriously… this is a Seth MacFarlane movie?!?!?! I swear I had no clue.
Yes, as it turns out, Ted is Seth MacFarlane’s feature film directorial debut and I think it was a smashing success.
There are a lot of the very smart, funny things going on and we are all laughing so hard our sides hurt. I think all in attendance nearly peed their pants when John and Ted sang “The Thunder Song.”
On another note, I’m not terribly fond of product placement within a film, but I did dig the scene in which Ted takes a bubble bath and the Axe body wash is very strategically stashed up on the ledge of the tub. What a sexy bear. And he smells good too!
Though Mark Whalburg, Seth MacFarlane and Sam Jones stole the show, Mila Kunis was wonderful in her role as Lori Collins. Jessica Barth was absolutely phenomenal as Tami-Lyn; I have never seen anyone pull off white trash as well as she did. Giovanni Ribisi dancing to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” was another LOL moment for me. He was fantastic. So perfectly acting out that creepy guy, home alone, dancing in the dark.
Sidebar – The soundtrack in general was very entertaining.
Being the nerd that I am, I also have to give shout out to all the technology employed in making this film. Since seeing the film, I’ve seen how Seth got all dressed up in the CG gear and actually interacted with the actors during the scene and I don’t know if that’s been done before or not, but it worked in Ted, and worked well. You could tell that improv was in the air on the set. It played out beautifully on screen.
I highly recommend you see this movie for yourself. I left this movie feeling the same way I do at the end of almost any episode of the tv show Psych. I’m a product of the 80’s so there is always something special about anything that pays homage to that decade, but more than that, it’s how those involved have ability to laugh at themselves and their movie or show, like how Ted quips “what do you mean I sound like Peter Griiffin,”it made laugh my in the moment and smile in the end.
The only thing I didn’t love about this movie was Mila Kunis’ eyes. I’m sorry Mila, I loved you in Black Swan. In Ted, there is something about Mila’s eyes that was so distracting to me. They were so big, bulging and white. I kept wondering if she has a thyroid condition or something which was totally distracting to me as a viewer and would totally suck for her. I hope that’s not the case.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Check it out!