Ted 2 (2015)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane
Written By: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 55 min
The wikipedia page describing comedy genres, places Seth MacFarlane’s name next to blue comedy, black comedy, surreal comedy, musical comedy, and finally, insult comedy. And I’ve found the success of any MacFarlane production, greatly depends on how he balances out his taste for funny.
In the first Ted film, I thought he got the balance right. Offsetting his taste for insult comedy, with his hilarious observations about Boston and its people. Plus, it was the first time we’d seen Ted, and it was hilarious to watch a quick-witted pot smoking teddy bear, live out his miraculous life, and mature as his friendship with John (Mark Wahlberg) changes to include John’s serious relationship with Lori (Mila Kunis).
In Ted 2, the novelty is gone, and the comedy genre mix is all wrong. The script favors mean-spirited humor, and has our foul-mouthed lead characters treat each other, and everyone around them like crap. But then also expects to generate sympathy for Ted as he fights to prove he’s a person. A topic in the movie often dangerously compared to slavery. We shouldn’t forget MacFarlane’s propensity for bad taste too. I don’t think I’ve ever forgiven him for his Michael J. Fox/Zorro joke!
The movie delivers a plethora of great TV and movie references. And it was certainly fun to see Micheal Dorn show up in a cheap Worf costume during the section of the film at the New York City Comic-con. But all these references are only fun if you ‘get’ them, and they can’t hide how dull, repetitive and ugly this film is.
If you’re a fan of Seth MacFarlane, and the first Ted movie, you may get a few laughs out of the sequel. The movie is rated R for language, sexual content and drug use.
Based on the three live action films Seth MacFarlane has directed so far, I’d have to say his skills behind the camera aren’t as developed as his talent for voices, and comedy writing. Ted 2 isn’t all that well shot, and the pacing was too slow. I regular rental to watch at home on a TV, laptop or tablet will service this film well enough.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
One of the few ‘LOL’ moments I had with this film was during a scene where Ted and John yell out inappropriate suggestions at an improv show.