Ted 2 (Sidenote: Fifty Shades of Grey)

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(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

Ted 2 has the same charm and comedy as the first movie, there was really never a dull moment in this movie even though some of their jokes were complete misses.

Rating: 4 Stars

I remember when the first Ted movie came out, and I thought it was a great idea for a comedy. A teddy bear that came to life after a little boy’s wish, and eventually they grew up to become pretty much college boys. It was also Seth MacFarlane’s first movie he directed, and before that he was pretty much known as the creator of Family Guy, which I enjoy the show as well. I knew this movie will be funny, but how funny? As I was watching it, not only was it pretty funny, but this movie actually had some charm to it to actually make this movie a decent watch. I enjoyed it, and with the Boston setting, it was like I was at home. Mark Wahlberg (also known to me as the great Marky Mark) officially established himself as a pretty good comedic actor, and Seth MacFarlane showed that he can create a good movie. I’m glad this movie didn’t disappoint, and hoped that the sequel can at least equal the success to the first movie. In my opinion, it did.

What I Like: When it comes to comedy, the hits outweigh the misses with their jokes and slapstick. There really wasn’t a boring moment in this movie. I can honestly say, if you’re a fan of the show Family Guy, you will laugh in this movie. It seems like the pairing of Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, and Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, hasn’t missed a beat in this sequel. They’re still the same lovable duo that we enjoyed in the first movie, and their comedic style was on point. Some hilarious moments was the fight between costumed people in the New York Comic Con which was interesting to watch to say the least. Also at the comic con when they playfully announced that Jonah Hill will be playing Superman (a jab to the Batfleck shenanigans). The window shouting fight between Ted and his neighbors was hilarious. The one joke that really got me laughing though was when Amanda Seyfried, who plays Ted’s lawyer and John’s new love interest, Samantha Jackson, they compared her eyes to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. I always thought she had some freaky eyes, and Ted 2 nailed it, and had me laughing out loud in the theater. Some hilarious cameos were there like Jay Leno, Liam Neeson (if you stay after the credits you will see another funny scene with him), Tom Brady (and they had to add a Deflategate joke in there), Dennis Haysbert,Morgan Freeman as a civil lawyer, and of course Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, comes back for this movie.Giovanni Ribisi reprises his role as the villain, Donny, and he was still the same creepy guy like in the first movie. It isn’t a MacFarlane run movie without a musical dance number, this time featuring Ted, and a lot of 80’s references. Most notably, recreating The Breakfast Club dance scene when researching in the library (a scene shot pretty much in my backyard of the city of Malden). I thought the scenes were appropriate and done well for this movie. The movie still had its charm like the first movie where we can relate to the characters in a human emotional way which is good for a movie to have the bridge to understand where the characters come from.

The So So: There is thin line in comedy to funny and just plain crude. Ted 2 definitely crosses over that line, but some of it works. Like the penis bong was funny to me, but the sperm bank accident was too disgusting for me. It was in and out, and some of it worked some of it didn’t. The story was a little weak this time around. It starts with Ted getting married to Tami-Lynn, played by Jessica Barth, and they want to have a child. Because of that, the government considers Ted as not a human, but a part of property and is relinquished his rights. So he goes to court to fight for his rights by any means necessary.It was weaker, but it worked for this movie to keep the pacing going. If you look at this movie as a law movie, you will be greatly disappointed. One thing I’m disappointed in is that they couldn’t get the beautiful Mila Kunis back to reprise her role in the sequel. Instead they bring in Amanda (Gollum Eyes) Seyfried. However, she held her own in this movie, and worked well with the great Marky Mark in this movie.

What I Didn’t Like: Some jokes were complete misses. The black penis joke gave me a chuckle at first, but then it got annoying afterwards. Jokes about porn and sperm specimens didn’t do it for me as well. it depends how much you can stomach. I was offended by the Boston guys joke (kind of, but it is a stereotype we have). One thing that really bothered me because not only was it too predictable, but really inappropriate for this movie (even for Ted 2 standards), was where John was perceived dead, and when they all came to grieve, he wakes up to play a joke on Ted to show he is still alive. I knew this was going to happen, especially after the first movie which was pretty funny. However, this time around, all I can do is shake my head. Samantha Jackson’s reaction of anger was appropriate for that situation.

Overall: If you love the first movie, you will love this movie, and enjoy as these characters move on with their lives. We are attached to them emotionally, but most of all it is pretty funny. Director MacFarlene may have plans for a third movie, but I hope they take their time to write a good movie, and not be fallen under the 3rd movie jinx. We’ll see!!!

Rating: 4 Stars

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(Sidenote: Fifty Shades of Grey- This movie was really stupid for me. The only good thing is that you get a lot of sex, which is what this movie promotes, but after that, not much else. I thought the acting was horrible. The only exception was Dakota Johnson, playing Anastasia Steele. She holds her own in this movie. However, Jaime Dornan playing Christian Grey, was just too corny for me as a sadomasochist. I felt there was no chemistry between these two actors which should be a pivotal part of this movie, and failed. The story really had no point, other than a girl playing hard to get for this guy’s crazy sexual lifestyle, and the guy shows up creepily to where ever she is including her own house. (Red flags anyone?) The ending, really put the nail in the coffin for this movie for me, and what is even worse, they are making two more of this movie. (Smh) I rather watch a porn movie with their soundtrack, then go through with that again.
Rating: 2 Stars)

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