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Directed By: Seth MacFarlane
Produced By: Jason Clark, John Jacobs, Seth MacFarlane
Written By: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried
Running Time: 115 Minutes
When writing a comedy sequel, you’re going to be facing an uphill struggle. When you’re Seth MacFarlane writing a follow-up comedy to A Million Ways To Die In The West, the task is incredibly simple; don’t make the same mistake twice.
MacFarlane, creator Family Guy and the controversial Ted from 2012 is back for more, this time returning to the platform he knows best; a Family Guy episode disguised as an original property.
Ted 2 will not go on to change the way we experience comedy, not will it receive major awards or accolades; that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with it though, right?
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried, Ted 2 focuses on the legalisation of the loveable plush toy as he and now-wife Tami-Lynn plan on becoming parents. Ted (MacFarlane) is considered to be a piece of property and not a human being by the state law and must fight for his civil rights if he wishes to legally become a father.
With the assistance of John (Wahlberg) and startup lawyer Samantha (Seyfried), Ted takes on the law, embarking on a gag-riddled, pot-fuelled repeat outing from three years ago.
Seth MacFarlane’s carbon footprint must be extremely small; the man sure knows how to recycle. Taking the advice of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ on board with Ted 2, MacFarlane ventures back to his comfort zone, pumping out fart gags, pop culture nods and all-round distastefulness for yet another time; a sperm clinic-based gag transitions effortlessly from a Family Guy episode into the film. (“Effortlessly” being the operative word…)
Some credit should be given to MacFarlane and the writing team behind Ted 2 as it is not quite as intolerable as you’d think.
The laughs are relatively frequent, there are a couple of doozies in there too. The story is pretty straightforward, but the film feels overlong, repetitive and out of place at certain points, primarily in the conclusion.
With MIla Kunis omitted, the films dynamic is taken down a couple of pegs. Seyfried does a good job, but the essence of Kunis’ Lori is not quite captured in Samantha L. Jackson.
Wahlberg appears to be having a lot of fun with John once again, effectively playing a laid back version of himself for a hefty paycheque, whilst MacFarlane tries really hard to bring audiences back to the slowly fading Family Guy through his ridiculously familiar, repetitive antics.
Whichever pastiche MacFarlane chose to explore in Ted 2, the potential for original and intelligent humour was inevitably going to be limited. The route that was ultimately chosen seemed to be somewhat of a misfire in that courtroom comedies are dated and rather un-cinematic, but the film wasn’t entirely without some chuckle-worthy moments.
For what is an overlong, recycled romp, Ted 2 is exactly what you’d expect from the man who made a career out of gallivanting around, pretending to be a psychotic British infant and a talking alcoholic canine. MacFarlane’s latest effort is an improvement on his last without a doubt, but he has still left himself with a sizeable task to regain the fandom of three years ago.