Ted 2 DVD Review

DVD Review by Wal Reid

The Premise
Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.

The Review
He’s back. Those like myself who wrote off the foul mouthed, pot smoking soft toy after the first outing (just thought it was a movie with a dumb premise), will be happy to hear he’s done enough to secure a return in the new Ted 2 film.

Okay, there are enough ‘C’ bombs & ‘F’ bombs to sink a battleship, however it’s not society’s depravities under the microscope here nor the moral decline of the western world, it’s a film review, so with that in mind we check out the movie that’s better than your average bear-fare.

Seth MacFarlane (Ted, Family Guy) and Mark Wahlberg (John Bennett) team up again as the ‘Thunder buddies’ in this movie that crept up and pleasantly surprised me.  One: it had a semi intelligent script with a half-decent story line and two: great timing and comedic delivery, I mean I could quote some of the lines here but would have to risk being ostracized by Gloriavale-ites and animal lovers (and those are just the ones where I live).  Yep nothing’s sacred in this movie, the movie pushing the envelope in cinematic shock novelty, not even Jay Leno having gay sex in a bar toilet is off limits.

So Ted gets hitched with lovely Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) but then has to fight off a court battle of proving whether or not he’s a person or a ‘thing’ otherwise their wedding will be annulled, enter Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) lawyer and John’s love interest who helps the pair, of course being a soft toy presents its challenges.  Wahlberg, Mr Entourage plays a ‘watered down’ version of himself, not a bad thing but the CGI relationship with Ted is a chemistry coup, it’s pretty believable and well played out. Seyfried is the fresh-faced pot smoking lawyer who is hired because of her herbal ‘relaxation’ techniques but is in great support here, however for me Giovanni Ribisi returning role as the Ted’s antagonist Donny the man who is famous for his line “I can give you love and rocking horses and dancing” is perfect as the creepy arch villain his catch phrase ‘fresh cakes’ sends a shiver up the spine    

Ted 2 has a story line that is better than your comedy dross that’s been released lately, it’s a watch that caught myself laughing more than once.  There’s a couple of celebrity cameo appearances a la Entourage (Check out the crack up supermarket scene with Liam Neeson) but it’s an entertaining light watch that requires very little attention on behalf of the viewer to still get the movie.

The Verdict
Ted 2 is everything you think it isn’t, there’s subtle minority oppression overtones here, however I can’t imagine Ted changing his Facebook profile pic with a transparent rainbow anytime yet. It doesn’t take itself seriously and may like myself catch you off guard, it’s no Academy vote but I’d imagine it would be the prefect start to a pre-stag do or a night out with rent-a-crowd.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 2nd December 2015
Rating: R16 – Contains Offensive language, drug use & sexual content that may offend
Duration: 116 minutes 
Genre:  Genre
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried
And Seth McFarlane
Director: Seth McFarlane (Ted, Family Guy)

The Extras
This is the first time Mark Wahlberg has appeared in the original and sequel of a movie.

Mila Kunis could not reprise her role of Lori because she was pregnant with her baby with partner Ashton Kutcher.

In the trailer, the song Ted sings to prove he has "soul", is the same one Brian Griffin sang in "Brian the Bachelor" (Family Guy). Another project by Seth MacFarlane.

Stephen Collins was cast in a major cameo but replaced because of child sex abuse video confession.

A trailer for the film was leaked in November 2014 which had unfinished CGI on the main character Ted and the cameo done by Morgan Freeman.

In the trailer, John spills vials of sperm on himself as the shelf collapses. This scene is similar to the Family Guy episode, "Sibling Rivalry", in which the exact same thing happens to Peter Griffin, who is also voiced by Seth MacFarlane

Amanda Seyfried also starred with Seth MacFarlane and Liam Neeson in the 2014 film A Million Ways To Die In The West

This marks Liam Neeson's fourth collaboration with Morgan Freeman. The first being Batman Begins (2005), the second being The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and the third being The Lego Movie (2014), although they share no scenes together.