Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ted

It may seem silly to review a film like Ted because if you've seen Family Guy then you probably already know what to expect from Ted. However, I initially didn't relish the idea of watching Ted because I figured it would be a bad movie. I don't want to say that "I thought it would be a stupid movie" because there are plenty of movies that are stupid that I find to be reasonably entertaining. No, what sort of initially put me off of it was the fact that, while Seth MacFarlane's humor generally worked well with me on the small screen, I wasn't sure if he could do the same utilizing the big screen. That and The Cleveland Show made me wonder if MacFarlane was jumping the shark. 

When my brother got me the DVD last month for my birthday I decided that it would just be rude if I didn't watch it. And one thing I am not is rude. 

Well, I just wanted to say that Ted is flat-out freaking funny and it is the definition of MacFarlane humor at its best. That being said, if you don't find MacFarlane funny then you won't find this movie funny. Which, well, I'm so glad I'm not one of those people. And no, it's not exactly groundbreaking, but this ain't Platoon or Gone with the Wind, folks. It's about a teddy bear that gets high and bangs hookers. Adjust your expectations accordingly, please. 

Perhaps the one thing I want to say about this movie is that it is consistently funny throughout. I mean, the ending gets a bit dramatic (relatively speaking, of course), but there are still punchlines that work well into the movie. Not all of them work, but most of them do. A lot of comedies sort of run out of funny material after the first thirty minutes and just kinda trot along, hoping they can come up with a few more funny bits before the movie half-assedly ends. But Ted seems legitimately thought out like a fine dance choreography. 

My advice? Watch it knowing what to expect but don't take everything so seriously. If you are easily offended then this isn't your movie. Of course, the same could be said of just about everything else associated with Seth MacFarlane. If you are thinking about giving anything by MacFarlane a chance then start with Family Guy. If you can handle that then this movie won't be that much of a shocker. Basically, the only difference between the two is that one has cuss words and is in live action while the other is a FOX cartoon. If you can watch Brian get shitfaced then you can watch Ted light a bong. 




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  1. I've always stayed away from this but I think I'll give it a shot. What has kept me away from this movie is Mark Walhberg. I've liked him in many flicks but I don't see him as being a guy that can play a comedic role. So when I saw this movie available and looked at the cover, all I could think of was famous tough guys (Arnold and Sly) in horrible comedies. Anyway, I'll toss my reservations aside and give it a shot.

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    1. I admit that I am a sucker for some Arnold comedies. Sly, not so much. It just didn't really occur to me that I hadn't seen Mark Wahlberg do a comedy before until after the movie was over. But aside from Rock Star, The Italian Job, and The Perfect Storm... I don't think I have seen any of his other movies. Oh, yeah, he was in The Departed, too. Almost forgot about that one for some reason.

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