So I was hanging with my friend on Friday, and feeling the blues pretty mightily, so we decided to find the most ridiculous, crude, laugh-fest film showing and, you know, watch the heck out of it.  Or something.  Turns out Ted won that prestigious award.

Ted is a comedy starring Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a Bostonian (right term?) who wished for his teddy bear to be real when he was eight years old.  That wish came true, and 25 years later John’s best friend is still Ted (voiced by Seth Macfarlane).  Which would be awesome, except for that fact that Ted and John seem to be going nowhere in life, getting high and generally pissing off John’s girlfriend of four years, Lori (Mila Kunis).

Chuck in a fat kid and a really big creepster as the bad guys and you have, what can only be used loosely, a “storyline”.

This film has had a lot of hype over it since it’s release, as it is the first feature film by Seth Macfarlane, the notorious creator of Family Guy.  As anyone who has seen an episode of Family Guy would know, they don’t hold their punches.  Which some could say is a good thing because they don’t discriminate, while most would say is in bad taste, and that at the end of the day Down Syndrome isn’t really joke-worthy.

Moving on.  For me, I found the film funny because it had a lot of hilarious one-liners that were at times, ridiculously politically incorrect.  A personal favourite: “I can hear the fat kid running, I can hear the fat kid running and it’s fucking hilarious” pretty much shows that they don’t really care about hurting anyone’s feelings.

However, I also found that it tried too hard to stick to the storyline, and there were too many nauseating “loving” scenes between Milka Kunis and Mark Wahlberg.  In the film’s defence though, I was particularly against any romance that day, so perhaps I’m just being over the top?

Some people have complained and said that it has been marketed as a family film.  These people are idiots.  Please don’t listen to them.  Firstly, its rated MA 15+, which is a general indicator that it’s for people, unsurprisingly, over the age of 15.  Secondly, Ted spends at least half his scenes high on some kind of drug, and this isn’t something that’s covered up in the trailers.

For those who are considering watching it, but are worried they’ll be insulted, you probably will be.  It’s mean humour.  But it’s also funny, and at times uses both insightful and smart, humour.  I feel that if you go into the cinemas realising that, yes, people are going to get bagged, then you’ll be fine.  At the end of the day, it’s a film, and like every other form of media out there, you have to take it with a pinch of salt.

Plus.  It’s a pot-smoking, talking bear.  What’s not to love?

Have you seen Ted?  What did you think of it?

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