Almost too much to bear
BECAUSE one film about a potsmoking, foul-mouthed, obnoxious teddy bear wasn’t enough, Seth McFarlane brings his creation back to the big screen in Ted 2 to explore whether or not he is human.
No recent celebrity or world tragedy goes unmentioned, no human genital goes unreferenced and no bodily fluid goes untouched in this predictable, over-long but darn it occasionally hilarious sequel.
Marital bliss does not last long for newlyweds Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), who not long after getting married begin arguing. Their solution: have a baby. But as Ted does not have genitals, their only option is to adopt and their inquiries raise a red flag with the American government and Ted must prove in court that he is human.
Ted and his thunder buddy John (Mark Wahlberg) hire inexperienced marijuana-appreciating hottie Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to take on the case.
Credit where it is due, MacFarlane attempts more than just childish humour with flashes of politics and his pro-human and civil rights message, though of course it is kept to a minimum so as not to alienate the 18-year-old bros who will definitely flock to this film.
Never let political statement get in the way of a good poo joke.
Ted 2 is like a dog with a bone when it comes to ongoing jokes – gags are revisited and recycled two, three, four or more times, some of which drop like a lead balloon.
Scenes seem to go on forever, some making little sense in regard to the central plot (created simply to allow for more offcolour humour), but I would be lying if I said I never cracked a smile or enjoyed a few belly laughs at the more successful gags.
Your tolerance or appreciation for lowbrow humour will dictate how much you enjoy this film – if it is high, you will have a blast.
Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg and Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlene).