June 29, 2015
Simply put, the movie is pretty much a mess. That is not to say it doesn't have its funny points or even have a little bit of something to say. The problem is that it feels, much like the first, to be a short story expanded by overlong scenes, cameos, and (again, like Family Guy) non-sequiturs and cutaway gags. I think what would have helped the film would have been another couple of passes through the editing room. Although, one has to consider that perhaps the length of many pointless scenes may be, itself, part of the point. Then I consider again and just wish it was shorter.
As laggy as the film was, there has to be something said about the timeliness of the tale being told. The main part of the story centers on Ted and his needing to prove his humanity. So, he goes to court to try and prove that he is as human as the rest of the people around him. It all ties in with the recent SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, there is even talk of gay rights in the film. It has to be considered a happy thematic coincidence making the movie more appropriate that it really needs to be.
So, through all of the vulgarity and drug use, there is an underlying point to it all. It just uses the vulgarity, drugs, racism, homophobia, and everything else to sort of key in on his target audience. I may not be the biggest fan of Seth MacFarlane, but he is not stupid. He knows who his audience is and plays right to them, if something positive makes its way out there, all the better.
Again, I would be lying if I said it wasn't funny, it was. I liked the bit at Comic Con and a couple of the cameos worked out pretty well. The movie also shows Mark Wahlberg with more personality than you usually see from him. I thought the civil rights points were good, but were really just a backdrop to the comedy.
Ted 2 is pretty much what I was expecting it to be, crass vulgar, sporadically funny, a bit too long, and in the end I did not hate nor did I really like it. It is a middle of the road movie that had potential to be something better. Sure, check it out, I suspect more people will like it than I.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 6/29/2015 09:52:00 PM
Labels: 2010s, 2015, Amanda Seyfried, Comedy, Jessica Barth, Mark Wahlberg, Morgan Freeman, Movie Review, Sequel, Seth MacFarlane, Theatrical Release
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.