Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
Months after John's divorce, Ted and Tami-Lynn's marriage seems on the same road. To patch things up, Ted and Tami-Lynn plan to have a child with John's help, but their failed efforts backfire disastrously. Namely, Ted is declared property by the government and he loses all his civil rights. Now, Ted must fight a seemingly hopeless legal battle with an inexperienced young lawyer to regain his rightful legal status. Unfortunately, between Ted's drunken idiocies and sinister forces interested in this situation to exploit him, Ted's quest has all the odds against him. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In both "Ted" movies, you hear a main theme song from two very popular movie franchises. In Ted (2012), you hear "The Imperial March" from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) when Johnny's cell phone goes off. Here, the main Jurassic Park (1993) theme can be heard when the main characters stumble across a large field of marijuana. See more »
When Ted goes talks to his wife at the back of the grocery store, a price tag is on his wife's right arm. It disappears moments later. See more »
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Like the first movie, the start of the movie has the Universal 'planet earth' signature sequence appear and begin the narration. As the narration continues, the camera zooms in to the logo, "Google Earth Style" eventually centering on the action outside of the church of Ted and Tami-Lynn's wedding. See more »
In brief: Ted has its share of laughs, but only if you like off-color and offensive humor.
Ted, that cute but crude potty-mouthed teddy bear is back and so is writer /director Seth MacFarlane, offering more heaping helpings of sophomoric jokes and political incorrect humor. Again Mr. MacFarlane seems more interested in offending the masses and mocking any minority groups with an onslaught of racial and homophobic references than setting up a coherent story with genuine laughs, but that is is trademark formula which seems to work for him (excluding his last film, A Million Ways to Die in the West which died a million ways with his fan base). I'd say he walks a fine line, but that's quite a broad stroke he is traveling in Ted 2.
It is now three years since our last meeting. Ted has married a dim-witted bimbo and his human buddy has not had much luck in the dating game. But both have enough time to drink beer and smoke pot to occupy their days, much as before. Only now, a problem arises with Ted's marriage being legal. So it's off to court we go as they engage a young pretty attorney who takes their case.
The film starts off very promising with its opening credits, a wonderful send-up to the old Busby Berkeley musicals, but the rest of the film never hits this stride. After that, it's non- stop sex and drug jokes that purport the smutty and bawdy locker-room mentality MacFarlane has build his career on. This sequel is more of the same as before, with no risk, only risqué. Subtlety is not in his reach, nor is stinging satire. He hides behind shock humor rather than allow his jokes to flow with the narrative.
More often than not, this film has a nice directorial touch and some good comic timing. But more not than often do his skills as a screenwriter hit their intended marks. Much of the humor is overdone and lacks any finesse, as he aims to ridicule easy targets: Comic Con losers, Improv performers, bong and penis jokes are plentiful. Cameos by Tom Brady Sam J. Jones, and Liam Neeson fall flat. One can see that MacFarlane is going for deeper themes this time around with civil rights, marriage equality, and discrimination as the underlying issue. But he is still unable to delve into any measurable depth as he continuously sacrifices his meandering plot for a nasty zinger or gross-out gags.
The CGI of Ted and the voice-over work by MacFarlane again are the film's saving grace. The duality of cute vs. vulgar works for the most part. As for its cast, most perform adequately, some stronger than others, with many loyal friends and performers again availing their services to his films. Mark Wahlberg handles most of the duties and he manages to use his personable assets reasonably well to come away unblemished, as does Jessica Barth as Ted's trashy wife. Amanda Siegfried gives one of her better performances and is developing some comic chops. Morgan Freeman, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, and Giovanni Ribisi are wasted.
For me, some of the gags worked, others did not. It was hit-and-miss all the way. Depending on one's own comfort level of off-color material, Ted 2 could be highly distasteful or very funny. MacFarlane follows the same lewd formula in this sequel. It's his comfort zone to make others feel uncomfortable. His target audience knows his brand of politically incorrect humor and...humor, as we all know, is in the gut of the beholder.
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