Ted [2012]

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Norah Jones

Talk about disappointing. I was definitely ready to give my abs a full workout, but with the chuckles that Ted delivered in lieu of the belly laughs I had come to expect, I think I might have to do a few sit-ups before hitting the sack. Ted’s been touted as the funniest movie of the year but I just couldn’t see why.

Maybe I’m just very picky with my comedies, but I found it only mildly funny (and the best jokes were in the trailer). The novelty of our furry main character wears off pretty fast. Once you get past the cute teddy bear, you find Ted to be no more than an obnoxious, vulgar thing with zero respect for anybody.

His BFF John is pretty unlikeable as well, but he’s brought to life in a fantastic comedic performance by the vastly underrated Mark Wahlberg. It’s Giovanni Ribisi, though, who steals the show as a creepy fan of Ted. Writer/director/voice actor Seth MacFarlane is undeniably talented but, after this, it’s evident that his skills are better suited to the small screen.

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