Friday, 20 July 2012

Two Takes on Ted - Movie Review



We're doing something a little different for this element of Flicks on Friday, I thought a teenagers take on the movie would be worth a look. Behold the first movie review from Aaron, the sexy beast that is my 16 year old, followed by my take on proceedings. Enjoy!

Who's in it?

Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane

What’s it about?

Ted is the story of a lonely young boy that wishes his teddy bear to life, a simple idea that’s surprisingly well played and completely hilarious.

Any Good?

Seth McFarlane's first film makes me think that he’s saved his best material for the big screen and not used it in his various TV shows. I love Family Guy so had a feeling I’d like this but loving it this much really surprised me. The jokes start straight off, easy laughs, which lead to the inevitable ‘I wish my bear was alive’ scene but with a lot of shock and slapstick humour – it’s a great set up to one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. Wahlberg and McFarlane are brilliant together, they act like they really have been best friends forever.


Ted has everything for two best friends to see as long as they’re men, I saw Mila Kunis as only there to appeal to women. Giovanni Ribisi is wonderfully weird and plays his role believably. There are two of the funniest cameos in movies. Joel McHale is great but I would have preferred to see Will Arnett in his place.

As for action, it has one of the most vicious, laugh out loud fights. The story is great and the laughs are constant, there were times I had to hold myself together and stop choking, avoiding side glances from Mammy Cherry.



This is one of the funniest films you’ll see but some advice for teenagers is not to see it with your mother! I’d gladly give it 5 cherries but I’d rather avoid a bating as severe as in the film and will happily give it 4 and a half. Go see it. 


My Take:



Ted, to my mind, a movie about a grown up Stewie and Rupert, is one of the most outrageously hilarious films you'll see this year. Family Guy has a tendency to be close to the bone in humour, Ted sees the restrictions on Family Guy’s televisual comedy and trounces all over them.

Wahlberg throws himself into the role with gusto and it pays off brilliantly, Kunis of course is there for padding but both Ted & John bounce off her character with ease. There are several McFarlane favourites in the assembled cast too, each bringing their own element of dry wit and slapstick.

Please don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a children’s film, not by a long shot. I’ll agree with Aaron on the fact that there’s a serious choking hazard involved on several occasions and also that it’s probably best not to see it with a teenage son. He won’t have picked up on the Flash Gordon element either, children of the eighties, you’re in for a real treat!

If you don’t like profanity Ted isn’t one you’ll enjoy. No penchant for sexual humour? Avoid at all costs. Scandalised by drug use? Stay well away. But if you’re looking for an irreverent, outrageous laugh a minute tale with it’s heart based in a life long friendship then this is the film for you. Bromance is alive and well. Ted is real.

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