WHO’D have thought one of the best crowd- pleasing comedies of 2012 would explore a grown man’s bong- huffing bond to his childhood teddy bear?
The key to Ted, as it’s surreally goofy plotting simply demands, is not to think at all.
The title character is a plush toy with a trash mouth, voiced by director Seth MacFarlane ( creator of the animated TV hit Family Guy).
Ted gained his magic ability to walk and talk as a result of a wish made by John ( Mark Wahlberg, pictured) when he was a lonely 8- year- old boy.
As the film gets going, John is now a 35- yearold boy with a long- term girlfriend, Lori ( Mila Kunis). Ted is now a middle- aged bear who drinks, smokes and says whatever crosses his cotton- wool- stuffed mind.
While John and Lori have been an item for four years, John and Ted are a team for life.
You can see where this is heading, surely? Lori is a woman wanting to take the next step.
How much longer can she stand around waiting for John to get back from the bar with his leery little cuddle- buddy?
The sight of men- children resisting grown- up issues like commitment and getting a real job ( John clerks for a rental car outfit) are necessary evils in a movie like this.
Knowing full well that such real- life drudgery could put the slows on Ted, MacFarlane hides or rushes as much of it as he can.
It turns out be a wise move. Ted’s copious ability to alternately shock and amuse with graphic, gross and genuinely hilarious gaggery is not to be under- estimated.
I, for one, never thought I’d be confronted with the sight of a teddy bear enjoying relations with a supermarket checkout chick.
Nor would I have thought that same bear would be holding his own in the most bizarre and gung- ho fight scene in recent memory ( Wahlberg deserves some kind of medal for the gusto with which he endures a heavy pummelling at the hands of his 500g co- star).