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By John Delia
Jun 28, 2012 03:51 PM EST

Ted Theatrical Review

Ted Is a laugh-riot with its excellent cast and script.
Ted Theatrical Review
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Most all of us have had a Teddy Bear when we were young, even if it was in the form of Yoda or Raggedy Ann, but nothing like the one in the movie Ted.  This fun filled film gives a great show under the direction of Seth MacFarlane who knows comedy and shows off his skills in a big way with Ted.
 
The fantasy story centers on John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) who gets a Teddy Bear for Christmas.  Since he's been a loner due to being shunned by his classmates, he makes a wish that his Teddy would become alive and his friend forever.  The next morning low and behold, a talking, walking and wisecracking bear (voice of Seth MacFarlane) that he quickly names Ted. 
 
Switch ahead to 30 years later and we find John now on his own, but still with his friend Ted. On one occasion in a bar he meets Lori (Mila Kunis) and they start a relationship.  Understanding how much Ted means to John, Lori accepts all the shenanigans that have become iconic between the two.  With John and her relationship getting more serious, however, Lori pushes John to have a separation from the stuffed animal causing a breakup of insurmountable proportions.
 
The film pushes high on the laugh-o-meter and in fact almost bursts the bubble.  The high-energy comedic cast (yes even Wahlberg shows his penchant for the genre) puts the funny script through its paces creating terrific chemistry between the characters along the way.  Bouncing some excellent dialog, funny gestures and creative situations off each other, Wahlberg, Kunis, Patrick Warburton and other fine stars entertain big time. 
 
The seamless creation of Ted by CGI, puppeteers and special effects personnel render the lovable arrogant bear to the point of near reality.  His facial expressions, realistic teddy bear fur and mobility turn the character into a living actor who makes the film magical.  You can see how Ted has aged over the years from his very active life that includes drugs, call girls, mischief, roughhousing and move.  With his fur slowly eroding, a few stitches breaking and some discoloration, he's becoming a mirror image of John who has also taken an aging toll. 
 
The champion of this film however can only be Mark Wahlberg who nails his character John the Boston native with a flare for unabashed living in Bean Town.  Wahlberg can hold his own with any script put before him from playing an adult movie star in Boogie Nights, a heartthrob in Rock Star, a despondent father in The Lovely Bones and a thief in Contraband you would think that comedy would be far from his forte.  With Ted he takes an extraordinary step into he world of a lead film comedian and turns it into gold.
 
Ted has been rated R by the MPAA for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use. 
 
FINAL ANALYSIS:  A laugh-riot with its excellent cast and script. (A)
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MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes
Distributed By: Universal Studios

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John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business over his lifetime from writing for newspapers to film making. He has been a film critic for many years and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. John is also a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) which is comprised of more than 40 journalists working in the print, radio and online media. Read more reviews and content by .



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