Ted 2 Review


The foulmouthed exploits of a talking bear brought to life by a child’s wish was a high concept comedy that felt fresh, three years ago. The massive success of Ted automatically guaranteed a sequel and A Million Ways To Die In The West and Oscar Hosting duties later; Ted 2 washed up cinema. Jettisoning all the likeable qualities about the first movie (plus Mila Kunis), Ted to ups the bro-factor and serves up a limp follow-up that fails to recapture the warmth of the original.

Ted 2 isn’t without some laughs, Liam Neeson’s cameo as a customer wanting to buy a box of children’s breakfast cereal and questions Ted of the legality of his purchase, bloody brilliant. Peter Warburton showing up at Comic-Con dressed as The Tic is briefly funny, and then he goes out of his way to beat up geeks for no reason. Amusing the first time, unnecessarily mean-spirited the sixth.

Ted had all the hallmarks of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy all over it, this was to be expected, but he did it in a subtle way. For Ted 2, he leans fully into it, and we get random cutaways, the reuse of a Family Guy sperm bank gag and John acts even more like Peter Griffin. Gone is the likeable mix of stoner-comedy with a great big heart, all that heart is absent here, and it has been replaced with a dark current that runs throughout. I’m still a fan of Family Guy and a bigger fan of American Dad (it’s a better show Y’all), but Ted 2 is a poor sequel by all accounts, and even MacFarlane’s hardcore fans will struggle to find the funny.

The extended edition offers a couple of extra minutes of largely pointless new scenes, but save your money and buy American Dad instead.¬†The thunder buddies are back, but lightening doesn’t strike twice in this lacklustre sequel that forgets to bring the warmth of the original.

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