Ted (2012) – Film Review
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi
by Dan Berlinka
Seth MacFarlane’s debut feature film is built around a simple but effective comedic idea. Like his TV shows it is often puerile, borderline offensive and laugh out loud funny.
Along with directing and co-writing, MacFarlane also voices Ted and, aside from the many quotable one-liners, his continual asides and mutterings provide some of the film’s biggest laughs.
With a performance this big, the romantic leads are almost reduced to supporting roles, but Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis make a charming and believable couple and keep the silliness grounded in some kind of recognisable reality.
“Well worth seeing”
The first half is probably the funniest. There’s little in the way of plot, but it’s fun just hanging out with these guys. When the more traditional jeopardy does show up, it feels like it’s late to the party. It does kind of get in the way of the character comedy, which is the film’s greatest strength.
Not every gag works of course – there’s a slightly baffling parody-of-a-parody Airplane homage. Much of the fine cast, including Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale and a scene-stealing Patrick Warburton, feels underused.
Still, unlike many comedies, this doesn’t have a punishing running time, so overall the hit to miss ratio makes it well worth seeing. So long as you’re untroubled by the sight of a child’s toy simulating a variety of sex acts.