Review by Lauryn
The big question surrounding Ted 2 is whether it will be as good as the first film, or whether the first film exhausted the premise.
The answer is that the sequel far surpasses the first film.
Ted 2 opens with the marriage of Ted (Seth MacFarlane) to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Ted’s Thunder Buddy, John (Mark Wahlberg) however is recently divorced and finding it difficult to re-enter the dating scene. When Ted’s own marriage begins to fail, he follows some very bad advice and proposes to Tami-Lynn that they have a child. And that’s when the plot becomes complicated, as Ted is legally declared a possession, not not a person with rights. Ted decides to fight the ruling and is represented by the pot-smoking Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried).
If you’re a Seth MacFarlane fan, you already know that the film takes a winding path to the courthouse, and some of the bits are only tenuously connected to the plot. One of the problems I often have with MacFarlane’s comedy is that he often lets the bits drag on too long (which was an issue I had with last year’s A Million Ways to Die in the West); Ted 2 did not suffer from this problem. The film was well paced, and even though there were several diversions from the main story, the movie would not have been as funny without them. (My favorite involved Liam Neeson and a box of breakfast cereal.)
The only issue I have with Ted 2 is that the jokes follow one another so quickly that it’s easy to miss some of them because the audience is still laughing at the previous joke. Otherwise, it’s a perfect summer movie; it’s engaging, entertaining, and clever — but you don’t have to think too hard about it.
In stores on Tuesday, December 15.
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