Running Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale and Seth MacFarlane as Ted
Synopsis: “Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since” (UIP).
Verdict: A fairy tale for grownups with extremely bold & honest harsh jokes that almost any guy can relate to. The brilliant humour and performance by Seth MacFarlane make the very predictable plot forgivable. Ted has, perhaps, the most hilarious not-for-kids comedy script of the year thus far. The CG for the living teddy bear could not have been any better as well. Some may complain how some of the scenes doesn’t make sense. Duuuude, it’s a talking furry stuffed toy that can eat, drink, get high and have sex with hot chicks without a penis so just leave logic out and just have a good laugh. However, viewers without sufficient entertainment exposure as the characters may not be able to genuinely catch all of the jokes.
Second opinion: “I feel like rewatching it already” (Iris Loong).
Malaysian censorship: Still very watchable at the cinemas. Only the make-out, acted-out sexual innuendos and presumably sex scenes are removed. Foul languages are intact.
Rating: 4 / 5
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Most bold joke: Ted quizzes Norah Jones (playing herself) about her mixed heritage, labeling her as half muslim. ”I’m half-Indian,” she says, to which Ted replies: ”Whatever. Thanks for 9/11”.
Least favourite scene: The car chase scene has gotta be the lamest one in Hollywood history. The cars in the scene seem slower than how our Malaysian drivers here overtake cars to cut lanes.
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My original Ted meme (not a spoiler):
Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation to the local premiere of the film.