A teddyful of laughs

Published: 27th October 2012 11:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2012 11:26 AM   |  A+A-


There’s something about an adult movie starring a teddy bear that gets you curious. But when it’s directed by the man who gave us Family Guy, you simply have to watch it.

Since the film released in India months after it hit theatres in America, it’s had time to become the ninth highest-grossing film of the year, the highest-grossing R-rated film of the year, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy film of all time.

Well, you see, “Ted” has all the ingredients of a good old rom-com - a good-looking manchild who appears to have a hot girlfriend without having a grown-up job, a hot girlfriend who’s jealous of the manchild’s roommate, a sleazy boss, a well-meaning ex-lover, an obnoxious father and son who will play antagonists, and a talking teddy bear...whaa?! Seth MacFarlane’s genius in imbuing traditionally cute things with evil intentions was apparent enough through the Family Guy character of Stewie, whose dreams of world domination come second only to his desire for matricide.

Here, Ted - whose voice and motion capture are done by Seth MacFarlane - is addicted to practically every vice we know of, and some we don’t. Like the fetish that gets him a promotion at his workplace. Yes, a teddy bear has a workplace. The film had me when Patrick Stewart appeared as the narrator, using words I would pay once more to hear him use. With his digs at everything from computers to Corey Feldman, Stewart brings in the subtlety, the film doesn’t otherwise care for.

“Ted” is the story of a boy called John Bennett, who grows up to look like Mark Wahlberg. But as a kid, he’s so left-out and so lonely, he’d rather be bullied than ignored. And all he wants is a friend. Like a talking teddy-bear friend.

If you want more reasons to watch it, it’s got Sam Jones and Norah Jones. Hell, it’s got Mary Jane and cocaine. When you’re not laughing at cusswords, you’re laughing because the film’s satirising gauges of popularity at workplace.

And when you’re not laughing at the satire, you’re laughing because bewildered parents who muscled their way into an adult movie with their toddler are escorting it out as its squeaky voice wants to know what a series of expletives mean. The Verdict: “Ted” is a treat for the happily unhinged audience that loves Family Guy


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