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Take it for a Ruxpin,
This review is from: Ted - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) (Blu-ray)
`Ted' is the story of a boy that wishes his teddy bear could talk and it comes true. You may think this is the true story of one boy and his Teddy Ruxpin, but the Ted here is far more likely to use expletives than swear his friendship to you. As John, the boy in question grows up, Ted stays the same size, but he matures (or immatures) all the same. `Ted' is a broad buddy comedy with Mark Wahlberg playing the straight man and Seth MacFarlane, who also directed, playing the role of Ted.
As a knockabout comedy `Ted' is great fun. The idea is a simple `what if' situation and it works. MacFarlane has proved with `Family Guy' that he is a talented comedy writer and that is certainly the case here with some great one liners. However, MacFarlane also proved with `Family Guy' that he is not always appreciative of boundaries of taste. I'm not easily shocked myself, but I am easily bored by things trying to get cheap laughs by being shocking. On numerous occasions `Ted' does this, being crass for no other reason than for the sake of it. It's not particularly clever and, unfortunately in places, not funny either.
The film also struggles elsewhere, Wahlberg remains a required tastes his `acting' is pretty wooden as usual. Also the plot is a little by the book; if you are writing edgy dialogue you can at least write some edgy narrative as well. Despite these issues there is a heart within `Ted' that makes it an appealing film. The bromance between one man and his bear is enough to keep you watching and the laughs come thick and fast - although some hit and others miss. Fans of gross out comedies and `Family Guy' will get a lot from it -others less so.
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