Ted 2

More bear- faced cheek

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15 | 115 min­utes Di­rec­tor: Seth MacFar­lane Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Gio­vanni Ribisi, Mor­gan Free­man, Seth MacFar­lane

Af­ter the wretched

A Mil­lion Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFar­lane’s back on safer ground with the re­turn of his foul- mouthed talk­ing teddy bear. Of course, the nov­elty’s no longer there, but MacFar­lane can still of­fend with the best of ’ em.

The plot re­volves around Ted’s lib­er­ties, af­ter an at­tempt to adopt a baby leads him to see his civil rights re­voked. Joined by old friend John, still nurs­ing a bro­ken heart af­ter di­vorce, Ted takes the case to court ( his lawyer is Amanda Seyfried’s pot- smok­ing law grad­u­ate Sa­man­tha), loses, and is de­clared prop­erty not per­son. The three then head to New York to im­plore Mor­gan Free­man’s slick lawyer to help them ap­peal the ver­dict.

As plots go, it’s not ex­actly 12 An­gry Men, but Ted 2 is re­ally just an ex­cuse for MacFar­lane’s puerile hu­mour to spills its guts on the screen. Wahlberg cov­ered in sperm? Check. Seyfried suck­ing a penis­shaped bong? Check again. Ted watch­ing bear- porn? Oh, yes.

The di­rec­tor’s sense of the shock­ing leaves no taboo un­turned – not least when the trio head to an im­prov com­edy night to throw out bad- taste sug­ges­tions: 9/ 11, Bill Cosby and Char­lie Hebdo all get ref­er­enced. The bet­ter jokes are the more ran­dom ones – like a sly nod to The Break­fast Club’s li­brary dance or Ted’s re­peated gags that the wide- eyed Seyfried looks like Gol­lum. Liam Nee­son also pops up for a bizarre Taken- like pas­tiche. You’ll laugh, oc­ca­sion­ally out loud, but you’ll hate your­self in the morn­ing. James Mottram

“Bah. No Har­ri­son Ford.”

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