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Ted (2012) Movie Review

December 1, 2012

“Ted” is a strange comedy directed by Seth MacFarlane, best known for his work on “Family Guy”. I skipped it in theaters because the trailers didn’t look very exciting. Still, I kept reading reviews saying how hilarious it was so I checked it out on DVD with my boyfriend. While it was better than I expected, it was nowhere near as much fun as everyone made it out to be.

The film has a lot going for it, with a charming feel that comes from some cheesy narration and an old-school orchestral/jazz soundtrack. Walter Murphy’s score hits all the luscious, swanky moments and drives its point home with a catchy main theme. The music helps accentuate the relationships between the talking teddy bear Ted (Seth MacFarlane), John (Mark Wahlberg), and his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis).

While the film is made to be primarily a comedy, I couldn’t help but cringe at most of the juvenile antics that Ted and John were involved in. While some may laugh watching a bunch of idiots hosting a college frat party that involves drugs, destruction of property, and heavy drinking, I just shake my head. That being said, there are some genuinely funny parts in the movie if you ignore the adolescent partying. “Ted” is a solid first feature film for Seth MacFarlane, although it never becomes anything more than good.

3/5

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