A 35-year-old has to choose between growing up and staying on with a teddy bear he should have left behind eons ago. The choice is made through a torturously ugly and vulgar route.
Plot: Young John Bennett (Bretton Manley) has no friends to punch and play with until one fine Christmas, a Teddy Bear comes along as a gift. John talks, sleeps and eats with the furry one and voila, the cuddly toy even comes to life as Ted (Seth MacFarlane).
At 35, John (Mark Wahlberg) still has Ted by his side and girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) on his arm. Will John ever grow up and get Ted out of their lives? Amongst hideously vulgar dialogues, meaninglessly sexual innuendoes and a string of inappropriate incidents, the story of Ted unfolds.
The good: One point worth a mention: the life-like animation of Ted by the team from Tippett Studio. Also, Seth MacFarlane’s voice is brilliant and the actors play their parts well. Okay, that’s it. Full stop.
The bad: If you are a devout Family Guy person, you might enjoy the crass and tactless jokes, most of them offensive like poking fun at Taylor Lautner, associating the 9/11 attacks with Indians and so on. All of which makes it spiral downwards into an abyss of boredom.
Whatever the message intended by Seth, whether it is about friendship and loyalty or about juggling between a girl and buddies or even about how guys never grow up, it is lost in all the incredibly ugly tomfoolery.
Overall: Don’t even think of taking your kid to meet Ted. He’s more crude than cute.
- Priyanka Ketkar