Ted 2 Review

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

Back in 2012, something amazing happened. The world became excited about a film featuring a talking bear. And no, it wasn’t Paddington – that was this year – and no, it wasn’t Yogi the Bear; that was back in the day. No, this movie came straight from the zany and hysterical mind of Seth MacFarlane and was titled Ted. Not only does Ted talk, but he smokes marijuana, can drive, drink, and pick up women. And he’s the best damn thunder buddy anyone can have! After the success of the first film, it was inevitable that a sequel would be made. Now, three years later, the sequel has arrived – Ted 2.

A year after the events of the first film, Ted has now married Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). John’s (Mark Wahlberg) marriage failed and he’s having trouble getting back into the dating game, despite women pretty much offering to bear his children. After a year of marriage, though, Ted and Tami-Lynn find themselves on the verge of divorce. But a court ruling now says that Ted and Tami aren’t officially married, as Ted is not a person – he’s property. So it’s up to John and Ted, along with the help of young lawyer Samantha Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), to convince a judge, jury, and court that Ted is a person, so he can save his marriage and live happily ever after.

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Watching any sort of production from Seth MacFarlane, you know what you are in for. Crude, hilarious humor, a dance piece or two somewhere in the production, outlandish jokes much like we see in his main show, Family Guy, and cameos that hit the proverbial nail on the head. Unfortunately, with this being MacFarlane’s first sequel ever, he also falls into the same holes that many sequels do. Usually, with a successful film, you use the same formula because, why fix something that isn’t broken? Plus the trailers have been absolutely hilarious. The sad truth: many of the jokes from the trailers that have you saying, “I’m going to see that opening weekend!” don’t make it into the actual film. And using the same jokes found in the first film doesn’t necessarily work a second time through. Throwing the thunder buddy song into a random event when there is no rain and no thunder, just because it worked and was a hit in the first film leads to a “WTF” and “Why?” moment in the sequel. On the other hand, a cameo by Liam Neeson is absolutely hilarious regarding a box of Trix. But the film bogs down at times and crawls along with scenes being far longer than they really needed to be. So for all the jokes that do work, there are many more moments we must sit through to get back to something fun.

Seth MacFarlane once again voices Ted, and he’s back to being his normal self. This time around, the focus is much more on Ted rather than John and his relationship with Ted. What really made the film work the first time was that relationship, and here it is downplayed some as we focus on Ted’s life and marriage. Wahlberg earns his paycheck again, not stretching his acting skills and playing a guy from Boston, which is where Mark is from. Amanda Seyfried seems out of place as a lawyer who probably smokes more marijuana than any lawyer you may know (or maybe less if you live in Colorado), and the chemistry between her and Mark just isn’t there. It also feels like there’s more than a 14-year age difference between the two actors for some reason, making the romantic relationship feel awkward. As for the supporting cast, they are what you come to expect. Barth is still more or less a one dimensional character, Morgan Freeman earns some money, and everyone else really isn’t worth discussing.

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Ted 2 is going to draw audiences into the theater with thoughts of the original on their mind. You’ll have moments you laugh out loud and you’ll have other moments in which you shake your head and hope the next joke will work. Unfortunately, Ted 2 doesn’t nearly live up to its predecessor. The main culprit is a weak story. You don’t take a movie about a pot-smoking talking teddy bear and turn it into a courtroom drama. This isn’t Care Bears Judge Judy! Where’s the fun in that? MacFarlane misses with his first attempt at a sequel, but he’ll be back at the plate again and maybe he’ll get another hit in his third chance at bat.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


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