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Currently nudging the $500m mark at the box office, Ted is looking like being the biggest comedy of 2012. Like all good comedies the idea is simplicity itself: a talking teddy bear that says and does things that would be shocking said by a real person, let alone a child's toy. It takes this one joke and runs with it until it stops being funny, then continues to run with it until it becomes hilarious again.

Directed, co-produced and co-written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who also voices Ted in his best Peter Griffin style, the movie follows what happens after a childhood wish comes true. Everyone gets used to the magic of having a talking toy bear in the world pretty quickly, and Ted and his owner (played by Mark Wahlberg »

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