I wasn’t quite picking up on those good vibrations with these funky bunch of gags, Marky Mark.
The filthy mouthed fluffster is back. BUT better?
“OH MY GOD, DÉJÀ VU!” That’s right. Too much of the same thing does enough to keep things watchable but it fails to match it’s predecessor.
I loved Ted. I thought it was a return to form from MacFarlane. Family Guy has been spluttering along for some time. The better days long behind it. A bit like The Simpsons, really. Then there was the misfire that was A Million Ways to Die in The West. Watchable at best.
Ted was crude, OTT but funny. I hadn’t laughed so much in quite some time. Wahlberg and MacFarlane making a great pairing. Inevitably, it fared well and a sequel was soon greenlit.
So here we are. It’s not all bad. When it’s funny, it’s good. BUT that’s the problem, when it’s not, it’s drawn out, repetitive and boring.
MacFarlane seemed to do what he has done for the last few seasons of Family Guy. If the jokes are running low, go for flat out disgusting or just plain random and weird.
So what happens this time? Newlywed couple Ted (MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.
Ridiculous. I heard some people say. BUT a talking bear smoking a bong and fornicating isn’t?
I found Barth a lot more likeable this time round. I couldn’t stand her the first time. She was irritating and her voice was nauseating. Her shouting match with Ted (That went on far too long) didn’t set up high hopes for me but she had (I can’t believe I’m writing this) good chemistry with the bear. It may have been schmaltzy but it added an layer to her Boston skank role.
I mean the story line was never going to be a focal point for this film. Although MacFarlane did give a reasonably nice explanation for Mila Kunis’ absence. (I know. I was gutted too).
Instead, we have Amanda Seyfried who more than holds her ground. She clicked with Wahlberg for their inevitable coupling and certainly wasn’t afraid to take some jibes from the fluffy fiend. Seriously, the Gollum jokes. I was in stitches.
There were a number of familiar and new faces BUT surprisingly they were all a little dull. Sam J. “Flash Gordon” Jones was completely unnecessary and just did the same old thing to much more disappointing results.
Regular MacFarlane stalwart Patrick Warburton’s repressed gay man was a good recurring joke in the first one. Now he’s “out” with his demented partner in tow. It just wasn’t funny. Beating up nerds in a Comic Con event? Is that the best he could do? The only titter I got was Warburton’s costume choice.
And Giovanni Ribisi’s Donny makes another return. A desperate move? There was only a couple of titbits that got a little laugh. His appearance did get a little more relevant as the film carried BUT it was the same old guff just a different setting. Sigh.
I really hoped the new faces would provide a little more. They played it much too seriously and didn’t bring anything to the mix. John “Mad Men” Slattery, the slick silver haired Sterling was surprisingly unmemorable. Anyone could have played him. And Morgan Freeman. It was just a lazy excuse to hear his beautiful dulcet tones waffle through some mindless exposition. Shame.
The court case went on far too long. If it wasn’t for Ted’s one liners, I would have been in a mini coma. Ted and Wahlberg’s John were still very much on form (Thankfully). Their stupid banter, drug induced theorizing and stupid escapades delivered yet again from Ted’s TV theme song improvisation to John’s incident in a sperm lab.
Disgusting, cringe but oh so funny! Where was this throughout the rest of the film? The main priority for me with this genre is the comedy!
Okay, the Google theory about how everything is two clicks away from taking you to a web page of a man’s appendage was typical MacFarlane but it got me!
BUT the sequence in which Ted is looking for a sperm donor was very hit and miss. John’s incident and a cracking slogan for Facebook was brilliant. BUT then MacFarlance had to take it too far with the dimwitted duo seeking “super semen” from a renowned American sports celebrity. It was just weird. Overkill.
A Liam Neeson cameo involving a simple purchase of kids cereal was unexpected but superb! BUT then we had the endless bongs and smoking weed gags. They got old and old quick. Come on, even Seth Rogen is trying to break away from that old spiel. Trying.
Wahlberg tripping out once. Hilarious. Two or three times after? Meh. There was one scene that got me and all it needed was the iconic score of a prehistoric masterpiece. “Breakfast Clubbing” in the lawyer library however? Not so much.
It’s certainly watchable but just wasn’t even on the same level as the first. I wasn’t even trying to make comparisons but when the gags were sparse, I found time to. MacFarlane chucked in his relentless musical song and dance numbers yet again and if anything they hampered the film. Seyfried has a lovely voice but I came for Ted not Les Mis.
It relied heavily on retreading old story lines and gags to pick up where the film couldn’t. Shame. Plus there were several clips I saw in the trailers that got my interest and didn’t even feature in the film.
The fiery fluffbag has enough in his stuffing to kill the time BUT you may be left wanting.