Al­most too much to bear

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

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).

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