Ted

Ted

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Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale

     
 

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A man wrestles with the lingering consequences of a childhood wish in this live-action comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. As a young boy, John Bennett wanted nothing more than for his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) to come to life. Incredibly, that wish was granted. But now that John (Mark Wahlberg) isSee more details below

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Overview

A man wrestles with the lingering consequences of a childhood wish in this live-action comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. As a young boy, John Bennett wanted nothing more than for his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) to come to life. Incredibly, that wish was granted. But now that John (Mark Wahlberg) is all grown up, his boyhood dream has become a nightmare nuisance. Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, and Giovanni Ribisi co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane escapes suburbia with Ted, an affectionately raunchy comedy about a 35-year-old Boston man whose best friend is a teddy bear brought to life by a magical childhood wish. But while fans of MacFarlane will certainly appreciate that his trademark retro-infused, irreverent humor is still intact, an overreliance on nostalgia and conventional storytelling techniques keeps Ted from achieving greatness. As a young boy, John Bennett wanted nothing more than for his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) to come to life. Incredibly, that wish was granted. But now that John (played as an adult by Mark Wahlberg) is all grown up, his boyhood dream has become a nightmarish nuisance. After four years of dating the beautiful Lori (Mila Kunis), he knows that it's time to make a commitment. But with Ted around, John seems locked in a state of arrested adolescence: He smokes so much weed that he can't get to work on time, the Flash Gordon DVD in his living room seems to be on a perpetual loop, and every chance John and Lori have to steal a moment alone, their plush little pal shows up ready to party. Meanwhile, just when John and Lori hatch a plan to save their relationship, Ted finds himself in danger and needs his best friend more than ever before. With Family Guy, MacFarlane's unique talent for self-sabotaging jokes, anarchic flights of fancy, and unabashed nostalgia found him emerging as one of his generation's most prominent comedic voices. Considering the show made its debut in 1999, a transition into feature films has been a long time coming. Strangely, after more than a decade of subverting the typical American sitcom, the man who gave us a martini-sipping dog relies heavily on tired cinematic tropes instead of turning them on their heads. The result is a movie that definitely delivers some sporadic hearty laughs, yet feels far too safe to leave a lasting impression. Perhaps it's a result of MacFarlane playing his hand too soon (the very first time we see Ted as an "adult" he's doing bong rips on the couch and complaining about the quality of his stash), or sacrificing the more interesting aspects of the plot (like Ted's flirtation with celebrity) to stick with familiar story beats. Whatever the reason, the humor in Ted plateaus relatively early and never quite soars to the absurd heights that make the writer/director such an acquired taste. At the same time, the irony of MacFarlane's penchant for repeatedly falling back on nostalgia for laughs while telling the story of a man-child who is struggling with adult responsibility completely undermines the character's fixation on the past, as well as any of the drama that could have helped Ted resonate with thirtysomethings who cling to their Playstation 3's like a 12-year-old on Christmas Day. Of course, if MacFarlane were merely going for absurdity, this would be of little consequence, but the fact that he instead makes a conscious choice to stick to formula indicates that he wants the drama to work as well, and as a result the humor and the emotion are both blunted. Fortunately, even when nothing else is working as well as it should, the cast are there to help pick up the slack. Taking his Boston accent from The Fighter to cartoonish new heights and nailing every line of oddball dialogue with genuine conviction, Wahlberg makes fans wish that he'd venture into comedy a bit more often than he does, while MacFarlane makes Ted endearingly crass, Kunis plays a pitch-perfect straight girl, and Giovanni Ribisi gives a hilariously creepy performance as a demented father with designs on the talking teddy bear. A slew of playful cameos also make for fun casual viewing, and the special effects used to animate Ted are positively seamless. In the end, audiences aren't likely to walk out of Ted with frowns on their faces, but at the same time, they're not likely to walk out gasping for breath and clinging to their aching sides either. Perhaps once MacFarlane gets the courage to truly break the mold, we'll finally get a comedy from him with genuine substance, rather than polyfill stuffing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
UPC:
0025192114694
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
12,939

Special Features

Ted: The Making of; Hilarious Gag Reel; Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer; Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writer Alec Sulkin & Star Mark Wahlberg

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg John Bennett
Mila Kunis Lori Collins
Seth MacFarlane Ted
Joel McHale Rex
Giovanni Ribisi Donny
Patrick Warburton Guy
Matt Walsh Thomas
Jessica Barth Tami-Lynn
Aedin Mincks Robert
Bill Smitrovich Frank
Patrick Stewart Narrator
Brett Manley Young John
Ralph Garman John's Dad
Alex Borstein John's Mom
John Viener Alix
Laura Vandervoort Tanya
Robert Wu Asian Man "Ming"
Ginger Gonzaga Gina
Jessica Stroup Tracy
Melissa Ordway Michelle
Max Harris Greenbaum Kid
Zane Cowans Kid #1,Young Ted's Voice
T.J. Hourigan Kid #2
Owen Clarke Kid #3
Kristina Ellery Heavenly
Katelyn Lorren Cherene
Chanty Sok Angelique
Sara Fischer Sauvignon Blanc
Cassie Djerf Waitress
Joe Siriani Guy at Table #1
Patrick Shea Guy at Table #2
Henry Penzi Partygoer (Ted's Buddy)
Tania Cabrera Girl at Party
Colton Shires Teenage John
Viera Andrea Moya Plymouth PR Worker
Hajee Kim Club Girl
Lydia Hannibal Ellen
Shawn Thornton Crazy Guy
Eric Weinstein Stagehand
Danny Smith Waiter
Mike Nikitas Newscaster
Robin Hamilton Female Newscaster
Mike Henry Southern Newscaster
Johnny Lee Davenport Husband
Christina Everett Wife

Technical Credits
Seth MacFarlane Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Barrett Cinematographer
Jason Clark Producer
E. David Cosier Art Director
Bryan Felty Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Freeman Editor
Eric Heffron Asst. Director,Co-producer
John Jacobs Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Mark Kamine Co-producer
Tracey Levy Makeup
Stephen Linewater Production Designer
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Micucci Associate Producer
Jonathan Mone Executive Producer
Walter Murphy Score Composer
Scott Stuber Producer
Alec Sulkin Screenwriter
Wellesley Wild Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ted
1. Scene 1 [1:16]
2. Scene 2 [:21]
3. Scene 3 [2:27]
4. Scene 4 [:58]
5. Scene 5 [:20]
6. Scene 6 [:25]
7. Scene 7 [1:18]
8. Scene 8 [3:03]
9. Scene 9 [3:12]
10. Scene 10 [:15]
11. Scene 11 [1:34]
12. Scene 12 [:11]
13. Scene 13 [:15]
14. Scene 14 [2:38]
15. Scene 15 [1:12]
16. Scene 16 [:11]
17. Scene 17 [1:20]
18. Scene 18 [:54]
19. Scene 19 [3:07]
20. Scene 20 [:38]

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