“Ted” Offensive , Vulgar but Delightfully Funny !
By Albert Angulo
Hello, my loyal Guardian readers! Once again, I am bringing my weekly movie review to you. This time is the turn for Ted, which is a 2012 comedy film directed, written and produced by Seth MacFarlane and starring himself as the title character with Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Stroup and Patrick Warburton. The film is the feature-length directorial debut of MacFarlane, produced by Media Rights Capital and distributed by Universal Pictures.
I have to admit at first I was reluctant to see this movie because as a 32-year-old man, the prospectors of watching a teddy bear movie wasn’t really appealing to me. It didn’t really help the fact that I was ” lucky ” enough to get to the premiere of the show, the theater was incredibly packed, there was no room for another soul in that room, which eventually helped as I got to study the reaction of the different demographics sitting at the cinema.
Let me start telling you something about this movie: Yes, a cute teddy bear might have the leading role in this one, but this movie isn’t suitable for all audiences. There is strong profanity and explicit scenes that are only for a more mature audiences.
Johnny Wahlberg, a lonely boy with no friends, wishes the teddy were alive so they could be best friends forever. When Johnny awakes the next morning, his wish has come true. Jump ahead two-plus decades, and John is sitting on the couch in his apartment with Ted smoking a bong and watching 1980s “Flash Gordon,” starring Sam Jones, on TV.
But the bulk of the movie is so wonderfully inappropriate and politically incorrect that you can’t help but offer a tip of the cap to MacFarlane. So I feel like I should warn you, “Ted” is boorish, ridiculous and offensive. But it is also is refreshingly unapologetic. That alone makes it worth seeing. I assure you that you will laugh like crazy, just like me and the whole audience did last night at the movie theater.