If Ted was created by any other writer than Seth MacFarlane, I don’t think I would be covering this film. I don’t think Mila Kunis would have signed onto the project and I think Mark Wahlberg would have used the script as a table coaster.
But, Seth MacFarlane did write Ted, a story about a perfectly normal Boston native whose childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true. And because the creator of Family Guy an American Dad wrote it, it must be paid attention to.
Seth MacFarlane may be the funnest writer on the planet right now. The guy gets it. He pulls no punches, he roasts celebrities, even likable ones, and plays up stereotypes without blinking an eye. He’s a white Richard Pryor, who’s stage is a pen.
Look, the premise of Ted is ridiculous. A man having a conflict with his Teddy bear Ted because the bears irresponsible and vulgar slacker lifestyle comes in the way of John’s (Wahlberg) attempt to embrace adulthood and his love-interest, Lori (Mila Kunis). What the fuck!? Ten years ago this film wouldn’t have been made, but Seth MacFarlane has proved himself. He’s on the currently constituted comedy Mount Rushmore — a panorama that changes every decades.
So, I say screw it. Ted is supposed to be stupid and fun. It’s supposed to make you laugh, not think. It’s meant to entertain, not create interesting dinner table discussions for the upper east side of New York City.
Ted is was it is. It’s Seth MacFarlane inching the comedic edge forward. Sandler tried to do it earlier this year with Jack and Jill, and failed miserably, but Sandler is washed up, while Seth MacFarlane is still in his prime.
I think this film will open the door to radical new comedic ideas. Most of which won’t work, but moving the bar is moving the bar. Give Seth Macfarlane credit for taking a risk. It is his career we are talking about and as funny and laid back as MacFarlane seems to be, his career is assuredly one of the most important parts of his life.
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