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This film is made by the creators of the hit tv series Family Guy, and this is made obvious from the very beginning of the film, right the way through to the very end. The story follows a young boy, Mark Wahlberg, whos teddy, aptly named Ted, comes to life. They grow up together and are best friends. Along the way Ted becomes a huge star and then loses his fame and turns to drugs. Wahlbergs girlfriend, played by the amazingly beautiful and funny Mila Kunis, is sick of her boyfriend blowing her off and not showing up to work so that he can spend time with his 'teddy bear.' So she gives him an ultimatum, her or the bear. Wahlberg stands her up at an important work event so he can go to a party with Ted, and that is the final straw for Kunis. Wahlberg realises that Ted is holding him back and ruining his life. They have a massive argument and go their separate ways. Following the fight, Ted gets kidnapped by a crazed fan and it is up to Kunis and Wahlberg to get him back. But will they be successful?? This film is hilarious and filled with inappropriate and crude jokes, but incredibly can also be touching at times. Well worth a watch.
When 8 year old Johnny Bennett makes a very special Christmas wish he has no idea that it's about to come true. Friendless and picked on by the kids in his neighbourhood all Johnny wants more than anything else in the world is a best buddy so when he's given a large stuffed bear for Christmas and makes a wish on a falling star he's astonished to discover that he has a living, breathing new best pal; Ted has magically come alive. Vowing to be best friends forever and seeing each other through thick and thin Ted and Johnny grow up together and as Johnny matures into an adult so does Ted but will their friendship survive when affairs of the heart take centre stage in Johnny's life. When does a boy outgrow his Teddy Bear? From the paragraph above you'd be forgiven for thinking that Ted is a kids film, the magical storyline about a Teddy Bear coming to life is fantastical and the stuff of fairy tales but Ted isn't a film for kids unless you want them to see a drinking, foul mouthed stuffed toy who has a very distinctive personality all of his own. This is strictly a film aimed at adults and older teens and concentrates on the now adult friendship between the 35 year old John and his best friend who just so happens to be a Teddy bear. John played by Mark Wahlberg is a bit of a loser, he has a minimum wage job, smokes and drinks a little bit too much but is very much in love with his girlfriend Lori played by the smoking hot Mila Kunis. It's John's sense of humour that attracts Lori to him, he knows she's out of his league really but their mutual attraction and fun they have when they are together allows her to see past his faults for the most part although their relationship is getting to the serious stage and Ted has started getting in the way. Ted is, of course, the star of the film - an overgrown Teddy bear with a not-so innocent personality is always going to overshadow the rest of the cast and here he takes centre stage. The CGI and motion-capture rendering of Ted is flawless I have to say and you really do believe that there is a walking, talking (swearing!) Teddy bear that interacts with his co-stars. Ted is larger than life, rude, crude and a definite handful but his loyalty and friendship with John is unquestionable and as far as he's concerned it's the pair of them against the world. They both share a nostalgic fondness for all things 1980's and whilst their relationship isn't exactly normal seeing as how Ted did become a minor celebrity back when the world found out that a little boy's wish came true the interest around him soon subsided and he's pretty much accepted now as an interesting curiosity. Ted has developed his own personality and seems to be stuck in booze-filled, drug smoking slacker existence which is pulling John down and stopping him from living an adult life with adult responsibilities and as fond as Lori is about Ted she wants John to grow up and for them to have a normal adult relationship. The film is basically a tale of friendship and the sacrifices you have to make as you get older and although there are plenty of fun-filled distractions courtesy of Ted you know that at some point things are going to change and that there's some heartbreak to come. There is a certain charm to the film that is mostly apparent at the start and end and whilst the middle does become a little too reliant on fart gags and various bodily functions I did enjoy spending a bit of time with Ted and those around him. It does border on the puerile at times admittedly and these moments do spoil the film a little but I suppose it was just too tempting to make Ted a larger than life character and Seth McFarlane (the voice of Ted) goes out of his way to make sure that the limelight is always firmly on him. Whilst Ted is a flawed character there's no denying that he's fun and the chemistry between him and Wahlberg is really well played with an affection that is undeniably apparent. The pair do bounce of one another and whilst I don't think that Mark Wahlberg is the best actor in the world he does do a good job in convincing the audience that he's torn between his best friend and the love of his life. Mila Kunis' character of Lori is well developed and whilst she could have been written as an unsympathetic controlling influence in John's life she's actually very tolerant of the friendship between the pair. It would have been easy to portray her as the 'bitch' and the destructive force that ruins a friendship but instead you do end up feeling sorry for her as she just wants a normal relationship with her boyfriend and unfortunately for them his best friend is getting in the way a bit. I did like the dynamics between the three of them and I do think that all of the characters were well written without being obviously cliched and it was nice to see how the relationships developed and changed during the film. To many though it's all going to be all about Ted and whilst he does demand your attention and focus the film is more than just about a swearing teddy bear. It is a comedy, there are many funny moments and it did hold my attention throughout its running time and despite having low expectations before I sat down and watched it I did find myself rooting for the characters and ended up enjoying the film far more than I expected to. It does run a little stale through the middle and there was a mild sense of 'seen it all before' once the impact of Ted had lessened but a good beginning and very strong ending made up for a middle section lull. I would recommend the film to others, do be aware that there is lots of swearing throughout the film and the humour is rather base to say the least but it's fun and entertaining all the same. Being a Blu Ray review I better mention the extra's that you get should you buy the retail version of the film and included is an extended cut that features footage not shown in the original theatrical edition which adds about 7 minutes onto the running time. I didn't see the film at the cinema so can't say if the additional content makes much difference but I'd imagine that it mainly features a few extra boobs and more swearing than originally shown. The picture transfer is flawless as you would imagine from a major studio release with a brilliantly clear quality that is truly high definition in quality. There are a number of special features which I will list although didn't watch as I don't tend to bother with them but again I'll include them here in case anyone is interested: The Making Of: A Guy, A Girl And A Teddy Bear; Doing It Live; A MacFarlane Set Alternate Takes Teddy Bear Scuffle Deleted Scenes Gag Reel Theatrical Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writer Alec Sulkin and Star Mark Wahlberg For £17.99 as the Blu Ray currently retails for I would say it's expensive and wouldn't necessarily recommend its purchase, I did enjoy the film but wouldn't really be in a rush to see it again in all honesty as I don't think it has much re-play value. Rent it would be my advice or wait for the price to lower, it has been out a few months now so is probably due a price reduction any time soon, generally speaking I don't tend to buy new release DVDs or Blu Rays anyway but for some I would imagine this to be a film they would like to own and if you own a Blu Ray player then this is the format to see the film in. In conclusion then Ted gets a 4 star rating from me, it's not a 5 star film but it has it's moments of genius and laugh out loud silliness and underneath the brashness of a foul mouthed, fuzzy central character there is a certain charm that I found endearing and more than watchable. Recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
For my husband's Secret Santa this year he was quite pleased when he was bought the newly released Ted DVD as opposed to the usual joke novelty item he seems to receive. I was pleasantly surprised and we settled down to watch it last night with me knowing a little about it and my husband knowing nothing. Firstly, I need to point out that this is absolutely not suitable nor will it ever be suitable for children, despite the cute looking teddy on the front cover. I dread to think how many 5 year olds will have an unsuspecting grandparent buy them this DVD for Christmas. It's not often I myself will read the blurb on the back of a DVD for children, nor really check the rating as if a cute looking teddy is on the front cover then surely its suitable for kids right? To put it bluntly, no! The film starts relatively harmless enough with a nice sounding man pleasantly narrating the story of a young boy named John who has trouble befriending children in the neighbourhood. The narration stops and John politely asks the local kids if he can join in and play (who are currently beating a boy because he is Jewish.... yes that's right!) and all innocence is lost when the main bully (who can be no older than 9) turns around and tells him to eff off (and he doesn't put it so politely!). So from this point on my husband is in fits of laughter while I'm still slightly confused! Kids of the 80's will like the opening scenes of the films which brought back childhood memories for me when they were opening presents at Christmas and they were items like Cabbage Patch Dolls and Nintendo consoles. The introduction of the film is spent introducing lonely John who wishes that his new teddy bear (Ted) could 'really' talk, and as it is Christmas Night and magic is in the air, his wish promptly comes to life. A short amount of time is spent showing us how Ted shoots to fame across the globe but he never forgets his best pal John. Fast forward 20 years and Ted (and John) are not quite as innocent as when they first became inseparable.... I can honestly say this film is completely unique and I haven't ever seen a film like it before. It can certainly be called unique in that respect. I was originally drawn to the film as I'm a bit of a (secret) fan of Mark Wahlberg, and as the main actor he features heavily throughout the film as John. All grown up John has a fairly decent job as the next in line for the Manager of a car rental shop. He cannot however, be relied upon in any shape or form, and with best buddy Ted in tow they generally laze about, take (a lot of) drugs, watch 80s TV and films (Flash Gordon features heavily in the film!) and drive girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) slowly up the bend. There are some cringey moments in the film. Most definitely meant to shock, but for me, perhaps going a little too far. One comment from Wahlberg about the high school shooting at Virginia Tech was probably regrettable to the makers, after last week's devastating incident at Sandy Hook School. Even if last week's incident didn't occur I still think it's never appropriate to joke about something like this (even if the joke was aimed at the shooter). Another low point of the film for me was when one of Teds 'dates' decides to take a poo on the rug. I just didn't think this was funny? There was also lots of 'fat kid' kind of jokes which don't really do it for me. The story of the film was okay, it's not going to win any Oscars but the general 'who will he chose' premise came into the film, as well as a bizarre kidnapping. It's one of those films where if you start to break it down you wonder where on earth the concept came from! Several cameo's in the film were amusing and Ryan Reynolds makes an unexpected appearance as a gay guy. He doesn't speak but it was still quite nice to see him! Ted Danson plays himself (making fun at the size of Woody Harrelson's penis, yikes!), and Flash Gordon also features. Giovanni Ribisi (Phoebe's strange brother from Friends) plays a very funny part, even if he is slightly creepy in the film. The acting is good, and I have to say that Mark Wahlberg plays some excellent scenes in this film. A fight scene with Ted springs to mind and I was laughing uncontrollably at what he must have looked like while filming the scenes with a CGI'd Ted who obviously wasn't there when filming! Other things that spring to mind are the strange elevator music which seems to be played throughout the film. The CGI of Ted is amazing and really believable that this little Teddy bear is actually real! All in all, I would recommend you watch this film, even if it's purely to make your own opinion of it. It's not like anything you will have seen and you will laugh at (some) aspects of it. The blu ray aspect I guess is okay but only if you really love the film. My husband sat and watched most of the extras but for me the film was enough. The extended cut is a bonus but I didn't see the original at the cinema so I don't know which we're the extra 6 minutes. Extras include: The Making Of: A Guy, A Girl And A Teddy Bear; Doing It Live; A MacFarlane Set Alternate Takes Teddy Bear Scuffle Deleted Scenes: John Longs For Friend; Kid Smashes Pot; Pooped In My Hand; Doubles In The Bathroom; Someplace Classy; Sleeping With Rex; Donny Stalks Ted; Round Table Discussion; New, Grown-Up John Bennett; Dryer Ride; Making Smiles At You; John Talks To Everyone; Rex Asks Lori Out; You Smiled; This Is Theresa Gag Reel Theatrical Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writer Alec Sulkin and Star Mark Wahlberg Rude, crude and full of sexual inuendo's, careful who you watch this with!