Humans – we can often be attached to the things that we cherish and love so much that we can’t seem to part with them no matter the consequences. Well what if one of those things is one of your best friends? It just makes that more difficult to part with. Ted shows us exactly what happens when you’re forced to juggle two people you love while not trying to mess up your own life.
John Bennett was a kid who didn’t have a friend in the world. There are plenty of kids that were like him and wanted nothing more than to have a friend, so why not wish for one? He did that, and he got one, but here’s the catch…it’s a Teddy Bear that befriends him. Odd, but it’s better than having invisible friends (I know from experience), and at the same time, a friend is a friend, so why not? You grow together, you develop a close bond, but then what happens when life develops and you have to change with the changes your world brings? Well, in a very comedic/romantic/thriller-ish manner, this movie goes into the deep emotional crevasses of a male/bear friendship and what happens when a female tests the boundaries.
Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis make a great on-screen couple. They both have a great sense of humour, and they fed off their emotions quite well, but at the same time Mila Kunis is just great overall when it comes to her playing the girlfriend (or special friend) in movie roles (Black Swan, Friends With Benefits, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, That 70s Show just for examples). The step up from a relationship is marriage, as we all know. 4 years is a lengthy time, but of course, when you know, you know. The problem is, what happens when one is ready to make that next step more than the other? The other, in this case would be John (Wahlberg). Ted is a big part of his life, but he struggles to understand that he needs to BALANCE out his best friend and his girlfriend (common issues that I’m well too fond of) or else, you know what happens next…ultimatums are handed out.
Seth MacFarlane was his natural self. He brought the raunchiness of ‘Family Guy’ to the big screen, and he pretty much kept a bunch of elements that made him notorious on the small screen. It worked, because it wasn’t a whole bunch of cheesy lame jokes that were added to the script; it was a natural feel, and it didn’t feel as if it was trying too hard like other comedies I’ve watched previously (and wish that I hadn’t – STRONGLY) and everything just felt like a long episode of Family Guy, but with a detailed script and a bigger budget. I really enjoyed this movie.
Why will you like this movie? Because it shows that a man’s friendship can really be strung out if he’s forced to make decisions between two people that he cares about. Some will be good, some won’t be, but there are events that happen (in this movie) that really bring light to exactly what has to happen to a man in order to wake him up from his fantasy world and smell the real one. Despite it being a funny movie, there are valuable lessons that you can take from this movie and really apply to yourself, if you’re feeling like you’re in a situation that you can’t get out of. Hollywood hasn’t lost it all completely.
Great chemistry & story made this movie an entertaining watch. I watched this in the front row of a packed movie theatre, and I didn’t mind it at all. Good for a date movie or even with a group of friends, but it’s definitely not a kid’s movie. This Teddy Bear is badass. Enjoy, laugh, cry, but for now, stop reading.
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