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.”