Grin and bear it
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | Blu-ray/dVd
Director seth MacFarlane
Cast Mark Wahlberg, seth MacFarlane, amanda seyfried, Giovanni ribisi
As far as high-concept comedies go, Ted was a treat: sharp, acerbic and wonderfully weird. Ted 2 is a classic case of a cash-in sequel.
After being branded property by the state, Ted takes the fight for his civil rights to court with the help of his Thunder Buddy John and Amanda Seyfried’s stoner lawyer Sam. But the film never embraces this courtroom drama conceit, and quickly descends into a tedious road movie. The humour is cruder than ever – at one point they travel to a sperm bank, the punchline wearingly predictable – while Sam only exists to lust over John.
A late-in-the-day fight sequence at New York Comic Con is good fun, with lots of geeky sight gags, and there are some superb, irreverent cameos, but ultimately it’s a letdown – overlong, lacking laughs and missing the magic that made Ted a surprise hit.
Extras Commentary by MacFarlane, two co-writers and star Jessica Barth; four minutes of duff deleted scenes; a grating gag reel; and a selection of uninspiring featurettes on the Ted/John relationship, creating NY Comic Con, the cameos, the opening dance number and the roadtrip. Jordan Farley
Patrick Warburton’s Guy dresses as the Tick at NY Comic Con. Warburton played the Tick in the 2001 TV series.
Just never scoff the free nuts.