TED (Review)

Duration: 1h46min

Have you ever seen a teddy bear smoking pot? If you watch the movie TED, you’ll probably see one hell of a teddy bear not only smoking pot but also, going out with hookers, joking the most vulgar gigs and spoling his best friend’s serious relationship. Surpassing Charlie Sheen and Barney Stinson, Ted is the new Don Juan of 2012!

As you read reviews and watch trailers about this movie, you’ll directly think about how unrealistic its idea is, and might probably neglect it and say that its another light comedy movie, not worth spending time on it. However, when its director is Seth MacFarlane (director of Family Guy series), you might want to think twice about ignoring this wildly hilarious movie.

Even though Ted is a fictional character but, what makes the story special is that instead of acting unrealistically, he does all the humanly adult actions. The movie starts with a very predictable innocent mood; on Christmas Eve, an unpopular child, John (Mark Wahlberg) makes a wish and asks that his teddy bear comes to life. Because he deserves it, John’s wish comes true as he becomes best friends with his talking teddy bear. Then comes the unpredictable, instead of proceeding with the story as if the teddy bear was a unicorn, MacFarlane twisted the mood into a humorous laugh-a-minute track by making the most famous symbol of childhood turn into a kinky adult symbol!

Ted also tweets, drives, applies for jobs, searches for apartments and takes girls out on dates… What’s funny is that you don’t expect to see these kind of steps come out of a teddy bear, and what’s even funnier is that throughout the whole film you do not get used to the idea while Ted never ceases to surprise you with new irresistable comic actions and jokes.

Taking the jokes alone, they are very rude but, coming out of Ted’s mouth makes the offended race or religion want to discard its rudeness. The movie is also filled with wall-to-wall foul language, sexual innuendo and references, some nudity and partly shown sex, and a violent fight scene. Characters drink beer and smoke pot regularly, drink harder alcohol occasionally, and even try cocaine (the negative effects are shown). Being a MacFarlane movie,  there are also tons of pop culture references (Flash Gordon), as well as a few product references, including beer, junk food, and video games. But on the upside, the characters have a genuine heart and work hard to become better people.

The major plot of the movie is that John’s girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis), likes Ted and loves John but would really like him to grow up. She asks him to make Ted move out but unfortunately, that didn’t solve the problem. John is too attached to his “thunder buddy”,  Ted (check out their funny thunder buddy song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEFt6BQuFJk&feature=player_embedded) and the fact that he has moved out has made things worse. Because of that, a lot of problems occured that made the couple go through a break up; but, the other ongoing sub-plot was that a crazy dad was trying to kidnap Ted for his son which creates creepy scenes and eventually brings the couple back together.

The last part of the movie is very heart warming which takes us back to the innocent and magical mood. A lot of people might think that this movie was made to uplift the pessimistic spirits of people, to motivate them and make them believe that nothing is impossible. That may actually be the theme of the movie but, not its true moral which is actually much deeper and symbolic! A teddy bear is usually a symbol of childhood. But the movie is not about one’s childhood!  Ted was used that way to show that adults who keep living on the surface irresponsibly, sticking to drugs, alcohol and laziness are childish, immature and need to work on themselves to change for the better.

“In effect we can read Ted as not merely a comedy of growing up, or refusing to move on from adolescence, but as a psychological fable about the continuing struggle to become a mature person”, said Philip French from the Observer (U.K).

A highly recommendable vulgar and funny comedy about a potty-mouthed stuffed bear. It beats “The Beaver” by a long shot and transfers “Family Guy”  humor to the big screen with ease.

 by Miriam Atallah

 

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Main Actors:
Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane.
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