Director Seth MacFarlane Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried,Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Sam Jones, John Slattery, Morgan Freeman, Tom Brady, Liam Neeson

You have to hand it to Seth MacFarlane for essentially taking his usual brand of comedy, applying it to a different media outlet and keeping things fresh. Everything about Ted 2, from the plot to characterisation to the low-brow humour just screams of MacFarlane’s back catalogue. You’d think we, the fans of such comedy, would be tired of hearing this single-note song after so many years and yet here we are for another go of politically incorrect gross-out stoner jokes.

It hasn’t lost its impact, at least not yet, and yes it will divide audiences who don’t get it or simply won’t (or don’t want to) like it, but as far as comedy sequels go it does its job by keeping the ball rolling and is a worthy addition to the MacFarlane entertainment family.

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Ted 2 picks up pretty much where its predecessor left off. Ted Clubber Lang (MacFarlane) and his life-long best friend John Bennett (Wahlberg) are two idiot stoners who love their pop culture references and cause trouble wherever they go. After Ted’s marriage to Tami-Lynn McCafferty (Barth) turns sour he’s decreed by the state to be property, not human, thus with their stoner lawyer Samantha L. Jackson (Seyfried) they’re on their way to fight for the civil rights of a teddy-bear.

Along the way there’s a whole lot of semen, dick, poop, pot and sex jokes, some amazingly particular references to films that have come and gone (I think I was the only one in the theatre who picked it when Ted was driving along to “The Mess Around”), and surprisingly there’s some added depth that give this film a fair share of emotion as it asks the question what makes a human being?

Generally speaking everything in this film chugs along but it’s not like they were aiming for immortality and glory in the first place, so for them to drop the ball in areas is not devastating.

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I’ll come right out and say it’s not as good as the original, some of the jokes here fall flat and others are simply hits and misses which didn’t garner a laugh from anyone in the crowd. There’s also bits and pieces where the tone is inconsistent (I’m failing to see where the humour was to be found in that domestic fight between Ted and Tami), but hell, at the end of the day it’s about a grown man and his talking teddy-bear so I can’t exactly take it too seriously.

If you’re new to the MacFarlane brand I say start your journey elsewhere and see where it leads you, and if you’re simply the casual fan I would say check it out but don’t expect to leave the theatre with this one rattling around in your head for years to come. It’s good, but there are better options out there, like the first film. As for myself and the others in the loyal fan-base I say take yourself along and enjoy the show for what it is.

MRD 6 of 10

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