Monday, 27 August 2012

Ted Review- published in The Irish World

This may come as a shock to many people…but I don’t find The Simpsons funny. I know all about their various celebrity cameos, the slap-stick tension between Bart and his doughnut-loving father, and Marges blue hair, but it has never managed to exert me into a raving fit of laughter.

Family Guy on the other hand, certainly does the trick. I find Seth Macfarlane’s humour, although often offensive to the more sensitive type, to be quick-witted and highly observant of life’s everyday abnormalities.

That said, when I heard that the Family Guy creator had now applied his talents to film making, and one which featured a cuddly teddy bear no less, I was more than enthusiastic to see if it transferred successfully to the silver screen.

Ted, was released on August 1st and tells the story of a lonely little boy who grows up in Boston finding it difficult to make friends. When he receives a teddy bear for Christmas one year he makes a special wish that his new furry friend will come to life and ,hey presto, the next morning Ted is born and subsequently scares the stuffing out of the little boys parents.

We are then shown the boy much later in life, when he is now a grown man, played by Mark Wahlberg, living with what has become his alcoholic, (bong smoking- enthusiast) grown up teddy bear.


Predictably, hilarity ensues and as John Bennett’s (Wahlberg) relationship with girlfriend Lori, played by Mila Kunis, starts to develop, his long relationship with Ted begins to buckle under the strain.

Seth Macfarlane was the writer, director and voice of Ted which is bound to delight his many loyal fans. Having said that, if you are not a fan of Family Guy you could still find cause to chuckle as Ted presents cinema audiences with a new fresh kind of honest comedy, far from the monotonous unskilful Adam Sandler movies that seem to be on constant mass release.

Ted was a hit with American audiences already and I’m confident it will do the same here. Whether you are in need of some funny bone tickling or are just hungry for a fresh take on comedic cinema this is certainly one that like Ted himself, could have you in stitches.

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