Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.
As you may recall from its predecessor, Ted 2 tells the story of John, played by Mark Wahlberg, and his talking teddy bear, voiced by Seth McFarlane, as they lackadaisically deal with life a few decades after Ted's coming to existence via a Christmas miracle; in this episode, however, the duo encounters more problems, featuring Ted's obvious infertility, the nullification of his marriage, and his legal status regarding human life? The story jumps around quite a bit, but it's more or less exactly what we would expect from a Seth McFarlane movie.
By now, we've seen both extremes from McFarlane's movies – the good from Ted, and the bad and the ugly from A Million Ways to Die in the West – so when this sequel came around, I entered the theater without any real expectations other than some solid comedy and some similar chemistry between Wahlberg and McFarlane. What I got, I might add, was somewhere in that ballpark. The story felt a bit more fun and even lighthearted than the original Ted did, in that the overall tone of the film was less dark, and the story was a bit more of an outlandish adventure than its predecessor. For all you film buffs out there, this phenomenon is known as the Evil Dead effect, and although it is not omnipresent throughout the film, it's often the first thing that I think of when I look back on this movie.
But what about the comedy? I mean, that's what you're here for, right? Well, Ted and Johnny's back-and-forth dialogue is just as entertaining and fluent here as it was in the previous film, and many of the jokes are even bigger and had me laughing even harder as well. On top of that, a lot of the comedy is incredibly up-to-date and relevant, thus making many of the jokes more shocking, unexpected, and hilarious. However, there were two comedic sources in the film that many viewers have had mixed reactions about, and those sources are cameos and spoofs. Being a fan of many of the same things that Seth McFarlane enjoys (e.g. jazz music, movies, television, and comedy), I particularly appreciate seeing his take on a number of pop culture icons, including Jurassic Park, Trix cereal, and Morgan Freeman, just to name a few. These jokes aren't particularly visionary, but I find great pleasure in seeing many of these references and familiar faces in a new, comedic light. Even if that means ripping off Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for the tenth time in his career but John Hughes never gets old. Sorry too soon?
This film's greatest flaw lies in the fact that its plot was far from consistent. It became very evident to me that in the storyboarding phase, people just kept building off each other's ideas and saying, "Yeah, let's go with that, and then we'll throw that in there, and oh! – this would be funny too!" In that regard, it makes it harder and harder to consider this a good movie, as opposed to just another episode of Family Guy. Additionally, it was frustrating to see that Mila Kunis did not return for this sequel, for her absence completely undermines so many of the good messages and plot points that Ted actually had. That being said, Amanda Seyfried still did a nice job of stepping into the spotlight as a new character and adding a new personality to the gang, but it didn't change the fact that the plot remains such an inexcusable mess. The movie winds down as the filmmakers must have run out of time or ideas, so finally, when the action kicks up in the last act of the film, you find yourself watching something that you expected to see the whole time, and it just isn't as original or inventive as the rest of the "Ted" movies have been. Also, their attempts at drama near the end are frustrating and a bit derivative, yet the scene somewhat makes sense in comparison to the first film.
All in all, Ted 2 was a lot of fun to see – it had its hilarious and moderately funny moments, and the music was fantastic as per usual, but the overarching plot was certainly sub-par to say the least. So if you and your potentially existing friends are looking for something fun to watch and aren't particularly concerned with admiring a work of cinematic art, then Ted 2 will be worth your time to sit back and enjoy. And if you're a big McFarlane fan already, chances are you won't care about the plot anyway, and you'll have a lot of fun with this movie. Hell – I think the opening musical number alone is worth a few bucks!
-Christian Wanamaker AKA "C Dubbs"
Final Rating: 6.7/10 Conclusion: Fun to watch, easy to criticize
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- Mar 31, 2016