Monday, July 9, 2012
TED: FOUL MOUTHED, FILTHY AND FUNNY
Anybody who knows me, also knows Lemar. He is just like Ted in the fact that he is a foul mouthed, slightly racist, stuffed animal. My girlfriend and I carry him everywhere and have pictures of him from everywhere like Independence Hall to the Cayman Islands. Plus, he is a huge hit at parties where his Red Sox Jersey gets lots of laughs. If he ever came to life, he would be Ted.
This is easily one of the funniest movies of the year and a must see for anybody who likes Family Guy, one of my favorite shows. If gross out humor and drug use are not funny to you, don't bother. The rest, go see it today.
Mark Wahlberg is proving to be an ace at comedy with this and the Other Guys under his belt. Here he plays John, a man child trying to live with his dead end job, super hot girlfriend (Mila Kunis) and his living teddy bear, voiced by Seth McFarlane as Peter Griffith with a Boston accent. Ted shouting the word HARDER with his Boston twang is worth the price of admission alone.
John wants to grow up but his foul mouthed teddy bear keeps dragging him back into a world of drugs, hookers and generally bad behavior. The odd part is that Ted is actually a good guy, who is making mistakes anyone could make, and John is just too weak a person to say no. There is a lot of heart in this film, more than you would expect and John's girlfriend, Lori, is actually the smartest of the bunch rather than the heartless shrew many rom coms have women portrayed these days. Pretty much any film with J-Lo, Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigel falls into that category and considering the plunge in people paying to see these pieces of crap, maybe Hollywood should get the message and law off on these types of films for a while.
This is a great film and, as the box office will attest, people really want to see it. Fox, which had first crack at this, passed for some inane reason. When Universal is making wise decisions about films, the world has officially become topsy turvy.
There are some great cameos which I won't ruin here and the creepiest dance ever by Giovanni Ribisi that has to be seen to be believed. Think Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill dance without the nudity and you'll get the idea.
Go see this film as a funnier picture will be hard to come by for the rest of the year.
4 and half stars of out five