By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
I wouldn’t want a foul-mouthed teddy bear living at my house, but I was happy to have the opportunity to visit one in its natural habitat, a movie theater.
“Ted” is the story of a little boy with no friends who makes a Christmas wish that turns his new teddy bear into a walking, talking piece of cuddly fluff.
But that piece of cuddly fluff grows up, relatively speaking. A 35-year-old John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) enjoys sitting on his couch, where he drinks alcohol and does drugs with Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane). They have a good time prolonging childhood.
Lori (Mila Kunis) is deeply in love with John and the feeling’s mutual, but Ted’s the kind of friend who can lure a good man off the straight and narrow path.
Eventually, Lori has all she can stand. John must pick between his stunning girlfriend and his amazing teddy bear.
“Ted” is MacFarlane’s creation. He’s also the force behind TV’s “Family Guy,” and like that show, “Ted” might make you laugh, it might offend you or, more likely, it’ll do both. If there’s an envelope, MacFarlane will push it.
This is nasty, filthy, fun stuff, but there’s also a soft, gooey center. It’s the story about a boy and his teddy bear, after all. “Ted” probably won’t make anybody cry, but the film’s sudden, emotional turn works well without causing a drop in humor about bodily functions.
Having read all of that, I bet you wouldn’t expect to see the word “sophisticated” associated with this film. You’d be wrong. The filmmakers use the latest Hollywood effects to create Ted, and the result is seamless. It looks completely natural to see a teddy bear walking down the street or throwing back a shot of whiskey. It’s impressive computer-generated work in the service of comedy.
“Ted” isn’t for everyone. You know who you are. I give it an A minus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Roadkill Bill, Wizard 106.7 He gives “Ted” a C plus.
“It was dirty, filthy, perverted and kind of funny, and it had a bit of a heart to it.”