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Cometh The Bear
Ted (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Member Name: bhayanid
Ted (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Advantages: Mildy amusing
Disadvantages: Some bad and reused jokes
One of my friends described this as his new favourite comedy. Whilst I have to agree with it being a funny and amusing film, I will however not be making any such statements. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy also created and wrote Ted, and it is pretty clear once you watched it the amount of links there are between the two. For starters Ted sounds identical to Brian from Family Guy and he clearly made a clear effort to keep their voices the same. Then the humour is also pretty similar between the two with the jokes aimed at other movies and the style of the jokes. He also asked Mila Kunis to be one of the stars of Ted, and of course no doubt as he worked with her in Family Guy.
Growing up John Bennett has no friends and makes a wish that his favourite Teddy Bear, named Ted, could speak so that they could be best friends forever. Miraculously this wish becomes true the next day and now John is thirty five and Ted has been by his side ever since. How will Ted affect his life and can he really be a part of John's relationship with Lori.
Mark Wahlberg - John Bennett
Mila Kunis - Lori Collins
Seth MacFarlane - Ted (voice)
Joel McHale - Rex
Giovanni Ribisi - Donny
This is a decent comedy and probably one of the best I have seen this year, but then I have seen very few comedies this year and most of the others haven't been great, so take from what what you will. Some of the jokes here were textbook family guy like where they dissed people like Brandon Routh for his Superman movie and apparently it is a joke if you take a random actor put him in a movie and then comment on how he looks like a character from another movie. I must do that when I make a comedy. I will get Keanu Reeves to make a cameo and then when he walks past I will say. That guy looks weirdly like the guy from the Matrix. Great joke don't you think, and then I will put it in my movie three times for extra effect. Well that is what they did here.
In terms of the plot it was definitely a lot different than other movies and I commend them for integrating Ted in so seamlessly in to the movie and you really do forget that it is in fact a teddy bear as Ted has so much personality. Ted has a very similar character to Bender from Futurama. So basically gets high and holds back John somewhat and this is what annoys Lori. It was quite a predictable movie and there was not really one point of the movie where anything caught me by surprise.
In terms of the acting, there wasn't any bad acting but not exactly any stand out acting but then it is a comedy. I always find Mark Wahlberg's acting to be pretty plain and his character seems quite similar in whichever movie he does but he is likeable enough. Mila Kunis really doesn't do much just whines a couple of times and acts all loved up. Rex was the most interesting character here just as he acts like a jerk and those characters always add entertainment to the movie.
Overall it is a film that is worth watching. I can't say I will ever watch it again and I can't say it will win any awards. I am sure there are a lot of people who will give this film five stars and I can see why. You are easily impressed by the plot but actually think back to how many times you laughed during the film and it won't be as many times as you think. Three stars.
Summary: A decent comedy