I like comedies, but for some reason, they are never on the top of my list when I want to see a film. Having still not seen some of the recent comedy hits such as “The Hangover”, “Bridesmaids”, and “Horrible Bosses”, I went into “Ted” having heard nothing but good things about it. And it didn’t disappoint.
The plot isn’t anything groundbreaking. But the jokes are quite funny. And thanks to writer / director Seth MacFarlane’s brilliant voice work for Ted, the movie by in large moves smoothly without dragging.
All of the acting performances are strong. I always knew there was a comedic side to Mark Wahlberg, but here he was brilliant starring as John Bennett in a straight up comedy. Mlia Kunis does a good job of playing Wahlberg’s love interest, and is a likable character even though she supposedly is Ted’s competition for John’s attention and affections. The supporting cast is also funny and lively, notably characters played by Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi. I couldn’t help but wish that it would have been Tom Cruise playing Ribisi’s character instead, a creepy, middle-aged dad who is obsessed with Ted…
My only slight criticism of the film is that a lot of its jokes relies on a large number of cultural and movie references that perhaps only those who are familiar with the American culture, or have seen a lot of movies, would get. Characters in the film allude to shows and movies such as “Family Guy”, “Flash Gordon,” and “Aliens”, and those who have not seen these will have no idea why some jokes are funny. I sat in a theatre full of local Hong Kong Chinese and I was the only laughing on some of those jokes.
Most of the jokes were hits, and aren’t too raunchy for those who aren’t into the gross-out type jokes. And as most comedies go, when it gets to the third act and the drama happens, the film ceases to be funny. “Ted” does a decent job of keeping things light-hearted and avoids being melodramatic, thanks to a cheerful background score and a brisk pace.
All in all, I’m glad that I finally went to the theater to see a comedy. “Ted” might not be the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, and the story might not be original, but it has enough laugh out loud moments to garner my recommendation for anyone looking for some laughs at the movies.