Ted 2 was one of my most anticipated films of last year, and I was really hopeful for this film to pull through. There was a huge chance for this to fall flat, but that was a risk I was willing to take. I wasn’t prepared to miss what could be a fantastic successor to the hilarious first film. Lo and behold, this ended up one of my favorite comedies of the year.
Since we last saw John and Ted, John has become six months divorced and Ted has gotten married to his girlfriend Tami-Lynn. Ted and Tami-Lynn wish to adopt a child as neither of them can reproduce. This causes the government to question Ted’s status as a person or a piece of property. Ted is defined by the state as property which causes him to lose his adoption privileges, his job, his rights and his marriage. Ted and John decide to challenge this in court with the help of a young and hot novice lawyer named Samantha.
When I covered A Million Ways to Die in the West last year (another MacFarlane film), I commented on how MacFarlane has a particular style and brand of humor: fast-paced and cartoony. This is something you either accept and enjoy or something you’ll totally detest. This should give you an idea of whether you want to see this movie or not. I personally like MacFarlane’s humor style, so I thought it was great.
As for Ted fans who are curious of whether this is as good as the first, it’s on par with the first one. In some ways this movie surpasses the first film and in other ways it falls short. For example, some of the recurring gags from the first film aren’t as good as they were in the first. Yet, the jokes exclusive to Ted 2 are just so hysterical. Many of them outshine the first film. Bottom line is that this movie is funny as hell.
I also like the new angle they took for this installment, tackling a question you probably never asked but are now interested to know: is Ted a person? The best part of this story is that it makes great set-ups for jokes. Situations like Ted’s marraige, his crazy stalker (yeah, Donnie is back), the relationship between John and Amanda, John going to a sperm bank and other such instances make for a great time.
The performances are solid, too. Everyone from the first movie reprises their role for the second bout, with the sole exception of Mila Kunis. However, Amanda Seyfried does a good job of filling Kunis’ shoes. (Though the excuse for Kunis’ character divorcing John is a bit weak). In addition, the CG animation used to bring Ted to life is seamless and natural.
For a comedy sequel, which is hard to pull off, Ted 2 is exceptional. On top of being funny and clever, it’s also charming (in its own weird way) and overall fun. Seeing Ted 1 isn’t required to enjoy this movie, but I’d recommend doing so. Try them out if you haven’t already.
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