Monday, 12 November 2012

Ted, dir. Seth MacFarlane, wr. Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild, st. Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi

Whether you buy into stand ups like Frankie Boyle or comedy shows like Family Guy or not, you will be aware of their intensely polarising effect. Indeed one wonders at the longevity of that particular brand of outrageous and 'offensive' humour, even if the merit of such jokes about cancer and degenerative diseases have been discussed to death. Here, in lieu of a live-action Family Guy episode, MacFarlane enlists his writing team, composer (Walter Murphy) and a whole slew of FG regulars - including Kunis. The story is one of typical stoner-redemption; loser and improbably hot girlfriend part ways due to third party before finding that true love was there all along. Films like this remind me of that Edward Albee line from The Zoo Story in which Jerry proclaims that "sometimes you have to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly." Ted finds the reasons for John and Lori's split as traditional and predictable as ever. John made a wish as a boy that his teddy bear - his only friend - could speak, and many years later, he's still stuck in ambitionless adolescence - his ursine pal's vernacular having taken on a more colourful hue. There have been many voices opining recently on whether Family Guy should quit, not quite while it's ahead, more a case of before it sinks much lower; on the basis of Ted, one's inclined to agree.