How can a movie about a talking teddy bear possibly appeal to adults? That was the question that I asked myself before I went to see Ted, the latest movie from Seth MacFarlane, who is better known for creating and voicing some of the characters in the TV shows "Family Guy", "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show". Before going, the only thing I knew about Ted was what I'd seen on the movie posters outside Hoyts (not the one pictured above) but there was something about that poster that appealed to me. So, I dragged a friend along and off we went.
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg (known for movies such as Boogie Nights, a re-make of Planet of the Apes and most recently as Mickey Ward in The Fighter) as John Bennett, who as a child made a wish for his teddy bear to come to life so that they could be friends for ever and ever. Well, his wish came true and Ted and shot to fame for being a real life teddy bear. Fast forward 22 years and John and Ted are all grown up and are still best friends, albeit the kind that hang around together, drink a lot and do other, less savoury things. John's girlfriend, Laurie (played by Mila Kunis remember her from That 70's Show, the movie Black Swan and most recently Friends With Benefits ) feels that it's time that John grew up and Ted is holding him back so she asks Ted to move out so that they can all get on with their lives. What follows is nothing short of mayhem as these 2 life long friends try to break the bad habits of their friendship. Enter in Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) a man who is obsessed with Ted and wants him for his own little boy and you have a twist that brings a
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It was very funny, exciting and at times, did tug a little at my heart strings. The relationship that Ted and John have is pretty special and, yes, while at times detrimental to other areas of their lives, their bond is unbreakable. Many couples will be able to relate to the triangle that exists between John, Laurie and Ted. Giovanni Ribisi plays the obsessed, twisted and fanatical villian down to a T and to be honest, watching him did give me the creeps at time. The humor is at times a little crass but it's adult humor and there were times when the whole cinema was laughing.
Overall, I give this movie 4 paw prints.