Kyle J. Steenblik

Ted 2 is Funnier Than it Has Any Right To Be

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3 stars out of 5Ted 2
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Written by: Seth MacFartlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
ted2posterStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried
Running time: 115 minutes
Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use

Dear Ted 2 Seth MacFarlane,

Who asked for this movie?  I mean seriously.  I get that making a sequel was essentially printing money, with minimal effort, and really I don’t see any rational reason that you wouldn’t make this movie, but who really sat down and said “you know, I really need to see what happens to Ted, I didn’t get the closure I was looking for from that comedy about a talking teddy bear.”  Dammit Seth, you make it really hard to hate you, if you only made it easy to like you, it is very easy to feel perfect ambivalence toward you based on nothing but your movies, some of which might not only be watchable, but actually funny.  You gave us Ted, which was funny, it was a cute idea, the jokes were good, you pushed the envelope a little, and we had a good time.  Now you gave us Ted 2, you did do us the favor of having something of a story between your non-sequitur jokes, which were excuses for a teddy bear to curse, or to insert creative pop-culture references.  It too was a good time, we laughed, and some people laughed a lot.  One ass in the theater kept shushing people for laughing too much, and once for choking on something, presumably popcorn.  Who does that?  Shush, other people for laughing at a comedy, and give the kid a break, she choked on popcorn (I assume).   My point is, based on premise and content, this movie should in no way be funny, and it should not have been choke on your boyfriend’s “popcorn” funny, but it was, so … well done.

Your ambivalent fan,

Kyle J. Steenblik, from WatchPlayRead

After Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) get married things start to turn rocky.  To save their marriage, they decide to have a baby, when insemination fails, their adoption request is denied because Ted lacks citizenship.  In fact, Ted isn’t even a person, and now to save his marriage, and restore his humanity, such as it is, Ted must sue the government for his civil rights, with the help of his lifelong friend John (Mark Wahlberg) and lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried).  

Ted 2 is a funny movie, however the hilarity is scattered tenuously around a weak plot.  The comedic gags that are the most funny often have absolutely nothing to do with the story; in fact, the story is really just an excuse to string along a series of jokes.  One could argue that this is what comedy is, especially comedic films.  One would not be entirely wrong if one made that argument, but that one would also be selling short much better long form comedy that is based on a story, for one.  In this respect, Ted and Ted 2 fall into the lampoonish category with spoofs, and goof-ball films where any resemblance of plot is purely accidental and only there so there is a reason to tell a joke.  I can appreciate a lot of things Seth MacFarlane put into this film, there are some moments rooted in the long history of great stage and screen comedy.  There are some very intelligent moments, and they flirt with actual poignancy once or twice.  I am normally unimpressed with low-ball comedy, but this is probably the highest class of low-ball crude comedy since the first Ted.  Go see Ted 2, if you liked Ted, and you will probably laugh a lot, I did.

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