Ted 2 Review

By: Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 7 out of 10

imagesWith Jurassic World still ruling the box office, it feels like every summer released in the past month flew under the radar, even high profile comedy sequels.
The sequel to the 2012 comedy hit, Ted 2 brings back a majority of the original cast and crew, along with the same attitude and humor as its predecessor, which is both good and bad.

Ted 2 still follows “Thunder Buddies for life” John Bennet (Mark Wahlberg) and his best friend/talking teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane). On the heals of Ted’s marriage to Tami-Lynn, the Federal Government denies the couple the right to adopt, being the fact that Ted isn’t a real human being. This causes Ted and John, with the help of their lawyer, Samantha Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), to take the fight for Ted’s civil rights to Federal court.

If you’re still on the fence about the sequel, it’s on par with the first one in terms of enjoyment. Mark Wahlberg is still hilarious, and his chemistry with MacFarlane hits all the right notes. Seyfried, who also stared in MacFarlane’s last movie A Million Ways To Die In The West, proves to be a nice addition and fills the void of Mila Kunis’ absence. Giovanni Ribisi is back as Donny, and we get some more on screen time with Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Morgan Freeman, John Slattery, John Carrol Lynch, Dennis Haysbert and more round out the new members (Liam Neeson even provides a quick cameo role. Won’t spoil where he pops up, but it’s hilarious).

Laughter is one thing you don’t have to worry about when Macfarlane is involved. Just like the first movie, MacFarlane returns to direct and co-wrote the script with collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, just like the first movie.

Good gags make for good gags, but not so much for narrative. It felt like half of the movie depended on gags. While McFarlane’s last effort A Million Ways To Die In The West didn’t perform as well as hoped, at least it was something different. It’s not the worst plot in the world, and MacFarlane isn’t a bad writer, but personally I wanted a little more this time around. I’m not saying Ted had to completely do a 180 and become a Harvard-Scholar, but something.

The best parts of Ted 2 are also its downfall. It didn’t really do anything too different from the first film (like most sequels), and some gags were ran on longer than they probably should, but I didn’t care too much. It’s interesting, I know I shouldn’t like the sequel as much as I liked the first one, but I did. It really is a double-edged sword here.

In my review of the first movie (read here) I wrote , “With Ted you’ll find some of the raunchiest humor on the big screen this summer, but what you might not expect is that there are also sweet moments, and you can’t help but to love these characters.” I still think that statement is true for this movie. There are sweet moments in the sequel and you can’t help but love these characters. I just wish there was more to hold this film together.

At the end of the day, if you don’t really care that it’s the same thing, then Ted 2 is a fun movie. You’ll either hate it or like it, and I’m one of the people that side with the latter, flaws and all.

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