'Ted 2' packs more jokes, fun than first film

June 30, 2015

 Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes

Amanda Seyfried, left, with Mark Wahlberg and Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, in a scene in Ted 2. The film, which opened June 26, is rated R.


If you saw the hit comedy movie Ted in 2012, you are sure to like the second part that seems to be packed with funnier jokes, special appearances and musical numbers. 


Seth MacFarlane, an American television series creator and filmmaker who is mostly known for his participation in the popular TV show “Family Guy,” reprised his role as director and the voice of Ted, while Mark Wahlberg returned as co-star John for the sequel.  


You are able to pick up on MacFarlane’s humor throughout the movie, especially in the opening credits were Ted sings and dances, mirroring that of the “Family Guy” intro.  


What was different about the sequel to Ted was the more interesting storyline that had viewers rooting for the dirty-talking teddy bear in the situation of him proving he is not property, but in fact, a person who deserves to be treated like everyone else. 


What I found very enjoyable were the special appearances by people who are usually not seen in any genre movie.


Those people included, the Allstate man (Dennis Haysbert), Jay Leno and Tom Brady, who all had a scene where they could make an impression and surprise the audience with their hilarious roles.


The one surprise that I was not expecting was the absence of Lori, played by Mila Kunis, who was John’s serious girlfriend in the first installment. As explained in the movie, her lack of appearance was because she and John divorced, which left John open to his new love interest Samantha Jackson, played by Amanda Seyfried, who is Ted’s lawyer. 


Unlike the first movie, there are many obstacles that Ted has to face and does so while making you laugh. His marriage is compromised and it only gets worse as the movie progresses when he is informed that he is not seen as a person in the eyes of the state.


Overall, the movie was able to overcome my expectations, being that sequels tend to not be as good as the first installments. MacFarlane was able to truly bring to life the miracle of Ted, he makes the viewers see the movie as more of a life lesson than just a witty comedy.


I usually avoid movies that involve unrealistic situations, but Ted 2 changed my opinion and I look forward to what MacFarlane has in store for Ted. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.



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