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Ted (2012)

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John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

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Seth MacFarlane

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Seth MacFarlane (screenplay by), Alec Sulkin (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... John Bennett
Mila Kunis ... Lori Collins
Seth MacFarlane ... Ted (voice)
Joel McHale ... Rex
Giovanni Ribisi ... Donny
Patrick Warburton ... Guy
Matt Walsh ... Thomas
Jessica Barth ... Tami-Lynn
Aedin Mincks ... Robert
Bill Smitrovich ... Frank
Patrick Stewart ... Narrator (voice)
Norah Jones ... Norah Jones
Sam J. Jones ... Sam Jones (as Sam Jones)
Tom Skerritt ... Tom Skerritt
Bretton Manley ... Young John (as Brett Manley)
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Storyline

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ted is coming.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teddy Bear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,415,205, 1 July 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$218,815,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$549,368,315
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli traditionally never allows any James Bond theme to be used in other movies, but Seth MacFarlane wrote her a letter asking for permission to use "All Time High" from Octopussy (1983), as it was his mother's favorite song. Broccoli made a rare exception to her rule, hence John gets to slaughter the tune in a performance in front of a dismayed crowd. See more »

Goofs

Each time Ted phones with his iPhone he uses it against his temple when it should be against his ear. See more »

Quotes

Ted: Oh hey listen, try this, I told my weed guy to step it up and he gave me that.
[Ted passes a bong to John]
Ted: .
John: What is this?
Ted: It's called "Mind Rape", it's actually pretty mellow.
John: It doesn't sound very mellow.
Ted: Well he only had three other batches: "Gorilla Panic", "They're coming! They're coming!" and something called "This Is Permanent"... Go on, spark it up!
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the movie, the Universal 'planet earth' signature sequence appears, and the narration begins. As the narration continues, the camera zooms in to the logo, "Google Earth Style" eventually centering on the action in the young John Bennet's home town. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film proved to be a huge success in Germany, it was re-released in several cities with two different dubbings. One features Ted speaking with a Bavarian accent, the other has him speaking in Berlinerisch. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 13 November 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb (as Maurice Ernest Gibb), and Robin Gibb (as Robin Hugh Gibb)
Performed by The Bee Gees (as Bee Gees)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Fantastically funny!
2 August 2012 | by barry_mooneySee all my reviews

I am stunned by the number of negative reviews on here. We went to see Ted last night (the UK release date) and it was fantastic. In fact, it was the funniest film I have seen for years! The humour throughout is both obvious AND subtle, with masses of trademark Seth MacFarlane jokes as well as some expansion to his comedy repertoire made possible by having a live action film instead of an animation.

Some people have commented on all the 80s references - that's the joke in itself - Seth always over-focuses on the 80s and he's poking fun at himself by doing it even more! He liked Star Wars, Indian Jones, Flash Gordon, Top Gun etc. So did I - which is partly what makes it all so cool! Fans of Seth's humour will love these little (and not so little) references as they have all been used extensively in Family Guy. You don't have to be 'over 35' to get the references, you just have to get that Seth is a big fan of the 80s and has great fun referencing stuff he likes. Some might call it self-indulgent but I thought it was very funny. Perhaps you have top be on a particular wavelength, I don't know.

To suggest that he's being racist is also to misunderstand Seth MacFarlane - he's actually ridiculing people with stereotypical ignorant racist attitudes. Once again, he has done this in Family Guy and been similarly misunderstood. It's OK to make fun of racism or even the public's lack of knowledge on subjects such as 9/11 - neither of these mean that you're racist or pro-terrorist!

In reference to the acting, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis were very good (especially Mila). Ted was also superbly played (by Seth MacFarlane) and it was interesting to note how after a while you didn't even really think of him as a bear; he was just another character in the film. Lovely to hear Patrick Stewart's voice used again too. In addition, there was a generous use of Family Guy people, who were all great fun (especially the guy who does the voice of Joe Swanson) and looked like they were clearly enjoying the opportunity to be in Seth's film debut.

In summary, if you don't like Seth MacFarlane's humour, there's a good chance you will not enjoy this film. However, if you like Family Guy and you have the ability to look beyond the obvious, then you might well love Ted as much as I did. I thought it was brilliant and can't remember the last time I laughed so much at a cinema!


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