Movie Review: Ted 2 – More of What We Love, Bogged Down Slightly With Heavy Subject Matter

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If you liked the first one, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to like Ted 2 as well. It’s pretty much the same movie, written a second time, for the purpose of squeezing as much money out of the franchise as possible.

But I still watched it and I for the most part, I loved it.

This time around, Ted (Macfarlane) is married and wants to have a baby with wife Tami-Lyn in order to save his relationship. Josh (Wahlberg) is divorced from a not pictured Mila Kunis and has plenty of time to help his buddy out. Enter disastrous trips to sperm banks, lots of crazy flashbacks and rapid fire pop culture references that made the first movie so funny.

I will say I liked it and it made me laugh. My big problem is the heavy subject matter of the majority of the movie. It’s pretty much a new take on a civil rights movie. That’s kind of where the problems come in.

This time around, Amanda Siegfried takes over the love interest role for Mark Wahlberg and she does a good job handling her own comedic part. While a pot head, she’s also the smartest person in the room and she’s ready to represent Ted in his court case.

In the courtroom is where things get bogged down. Siegfried makes a bunch of overtly long speeches about civil rights and what it means to be human, that really slow down the momentum of the movie.

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They recycled a ton of stuff from the first movie. Ted even gets kidnapped for a second time, by the same guy who kidnapped him in the first. They really didn’t change much of the plotline.

But it’s Wahlberg and his talking teddy bear’s antics that carry the movie and keep it funny. Whether it’s just dropping a one liner, or engaging in something terrible just for the fun of it, the two will keep you laughing even when the story gets a bit heavy.

One thing that really feels unnecessary is the whole love interest plot line. Look, Wahlberg is handsome, but there’s no way in hell that this love match would happen in real life, with a beautiful, successful lawyer settling down with a man-child like Wahlberg, I don’t care how much pot she smokes.

But it’s got MacFarlane’s offensive brand of humor that will make you love to watch, even when some of it drags. That last quarter of the movie gets bogged down in them trying to tie up loose ends, which is pretty unnecessary. With it raking in $33 million over opening weekend, I think it’s pretty definite there’s going to be a third movie in the works soon enough.

It will probably be the same movie a third time, but honestly, as long as they keep me laughing, I don’t care how many things they recycle. With the humor in the movie, the recycled plot is forgivable, even if it does drag a bit. Ted 2 is nothing new, but it’s worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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Watch All The Super Bowl Movie Trailers, Including ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Jurassic World’

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Apparently, something called the ‘Super Bowl‘ aired last night. I’m still not exactly sure what those people wearing the helmets on the field do, but I did enjoy the amount of movie trailers aired during the big game. Overall, the Super Bowl commercials were disappointing. I think I chuckled once? Maybe twice? The creativity was definitely lacking this year.

However, there was one thing that saved the night, and no we are not talking about the dancing sharks during Katy Perry’s halftime show.

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We are talking about the movie trailers, of course! This Super Bowl was filled with trailers, and we enjoyed every single minute of it. If you missed the trailers last night, thanks to a French onion dip induced coma, don’t you worry about it!

You can watch all of the trailers that aired during the Super Bowl down below. You are welcome.

 

Your Favorite Trash-Talking Teddy Is Back In First ‘Ted 2’ Trailer

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After pulling in over $549 million worldwide with the original film, Seth MacFarlane is ready to bring back his foul-mouthed teddy bear. Returning to the sequel is Ted’s best friend for life, John, played wonderfully by Mark Wahlberg.

Ted 2 will focus on proving that the naughty teddy bear actually has a soul. You see, he and his new bride, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to start a family together. But before they are allowed to adopt some poor child, Ted will have to prove he’s human enough to become an adoptive parent.

Morgan Freeman joins the cast as a civil rights lawyer, and Amanda Seyfried will play Ted’s legal representative, Samantha Jackson.

I won’t be making any box office predictions for this film (opening June 26th, 2015) but I am confident in saying two things.

  • People who liked the first film will love this sequel.
  • People who didn’t like the first film will hate this sequel.

I know, I know. I am really going out on a limb with that prediction. What can I say? It’s Friday. I am feeling a little dangerous. I might put two servings of chocolate syrup inside my milk this morning. That’s one more than they recommend.