MacFarlane’s Big Screen Comedy Premiere

Attention: Don’t Read if you haven’t watched Ted, SPOILERS BELOW!

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            If you are someone who is knowledgeable in the field of American pop culture, then you should know Seth MacFarlane; in particular for his most famous of his animated shows, Family Guy. MacFarlane is well-known for his sometimes over the line comedy style. Well this yesterday Seth had his first film hit theaters across the country. Despite being an on and off fan of much of MacFarlane’s work, I was in an AMC on West 42nd in Mid-town Manhattan with friends to see the opening of Ted.

The premise of Ted is a boy’s Christmas wish for his teddy bear to come to life and become his best friend comes true. The comedy escalates into all the wild antics when the movie takes us from the events of 1986 to the present day. Where this cute teddy bear loses his cute voice and young charm, thereby becoming a much more vulgar but nonetheless an entertaining character.

Seth MacFarlane plays Ted, Mark Wahlberg plays John Bennett, —he is the boy who wishes for Ted to come alive and they are best friends— and Mila Kunis plays Lori Collins. Kunis’ character is the girlfriend of John Bennett. When the movie transitions from the mid 1980s to the present day Ted, John, and Lori all live together. This movie’s explores the hilarious antics that occur between all three. The main issue is that Lori wants Ted to move out of her apartment, that her and john share together. She isn’t wrong in her thought, for much of the movie John and Ted slack off. Ted is unemployed and asks John leave work early several times to hang out. Or their antics make John late to work. John and Ted’s hangouts aren’t the most responsible either; they spend much of their time watching Flash Gordon and smoke weed out of a bong.

A lot of the humor in Ted is based in potty mouth and sometimes-stereotypical jokes. There were many instances in the theater where the entire audience would laugh and gasp at the same joke. However, this is the kind of thing to be expected with any work of entertainment with Seth MacFarlane’s name on it. Coming into this movie I never had a skeptical thought about the movie being too over the line. Although I do for the most part enjoy comedy that takes the line and flies across. For instance, movies like the Hangover, the Hangover II, Borat, and Brüno.

If you’re a fan of MacFarlane’s work —i.e., Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad— this is the movie for you. It has a plot that while at first glance sounds ridiculous. Ted does address a real life issue, which is the conflict found at times between friendships and relationships and finding a balance. All you have to do is look beyond the potty humor and the few scattered and offensive jokes to find a deeper meaning. If you’re a fan of comedies that like to cross lines, then by all means I believe that you were meant to see Ted.

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