23rd Nov2015

‘Ted 2: Extended Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane

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When it comes to a Seth MacFarlane film, the easiest way to work out whether you’ll like it is to ask the simple question, do you like Family Guy? That is the level of humour you can expect; and with Ted 2 a live-action episode of Family Guy is exactly what you get…

When Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and his wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) decide they want to have a baby, they soon run into problems. When they decide to adopt, the state becomes aware of Ted’s existence and he finds himself ruled to be property, and not a human being. With John’s (Mark Wahlberg) help they fight the government with Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) fighting their case.

Most people who watch Ted 2 will know what to expect when it comes to humour. Ted and John are assholes, selfish and arrogant they mock everybody for pretty much everything they can think of. This is why you don’t have little sympathy for them when they need it. What Ted 2 does though is fight for us to care, even if the characters don’t really redeem themselves.

If we were to get really geeky (and why not) arguing that Ted is a human being is very similar to the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Measure of a Man. In it Picard has to fight in court to prove that Data is a sentient being and not just “property” and it is one of the best episodes from the show. Sadly Ted 2 doesn’t live up to the comparison against this episode, and that is a shame. With these stories being so similar, I can’t help but say to hunt down this episode (from season 2) instead of watching Ted 2.

What we do get with Ted 2 though is some funny scenes that do actually make you laugh out loud. There are some interesting highlights including a fight at Comic-Con which features Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn and Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) involved. This scene and some others do prove that Seth MacFarlane can put together some funny in-joke moments, but the problem is that there are other scenes that fall flat. In mentioning cameos from stars I also have to say this film has way too many, this is almost the Sharknado 2 of comedy movies in terms of “stars” trying to get their faces on the screen.

When watching the film it is obvious that about half an hour could be cut from it, and it would become a better movie. Full of segue scenes in Family Guy style, these could easily be trimmed, as could some of the overlong court scenes that feature in the film. What would be left is a much more streamlined and funnier film that doesn’t rely on overused – and re-used – jokes to keep the film moving.

Saying that, Ted 2 does still manage to deliver. The returning Giovanni Ribisi as Donny manages to steal the scenes he is in, and MacFarlane’s Ted manages to stay a strong character, and there is no real moment you think he is just an animated character on the screen…he is Ted, a stuffed bear with a soul. Amanda Seyfried seems to really enjoy the chance to do some comedy and even gets to sing, and a certain Comic-Con scene where she comes face to face with a certain Lord of the Rings character may be the funniest moment in the movie.

While I do feel that Ted 2 does miss the mark slightly, and could really do with being trimmed down, at the end of the movie there is still a feeling of satisfaction with how it ended. John and Ted may be unlikable characters who have few redeemable qualities, but overall the film does raise a few laughs. Not as good as it could have been, at least it never gets boring.

***½  3.5/5

Ted 2 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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