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FILM REVIEW: TED 2 (15)

The furore surrounding the first movie was so (excuse the pun) ‘high’ that it proved to be a bit of a one-trick teddy – so with expectancy levels low (after lukewarm early reviews) the sequel proves to be a pleasant surprise.

Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to the ‘pot smoking’ teddy bear comedy hit, now lacks the novelty ‘must see’ value (see Magic Mike XXL for the same problem) – which has seen it disappoint at the US box office – but is actually a more consistent ‘pound for pound’ movie than the first film.

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This probably has eight or nine ‘laugh out loud’ moments compared to the original’s handful – see healthy jogger, filing cabinet and comedy club scenes for some standout gags – and as expected with MacFarlane, your enjoyment for Ted 2’s ‘near the knuckle’ crudeness will depend on your tolerance for the material.

TED-2-POSTERMonths after John’s (Mark Wahlberg) divorce, ‘alive’ soft toy Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn’s (Jessica Barth) marriage seems to be heading on the same path, before the couple come up with that obvious solution for their problems . . . have a baby.

But their efforts disastrously backfire, when it is brought to the attention of the law courts that Ted’s existence has gone under the radar – and he has to prove he’s actually a human being and not potentially a simple piece of property.

With no money to their name, John and Ted combine forces to fight a seemingly hopeless legal battle, with their hopes resting with inexperienced young lawyer Sam (Amanda Seyfried) – who fights Ted’s corner in an attempt to regain his civil status.

And the movie is actually at its best when John, Ted and Sam partake in several humorous set-pieces separate to the main plot – which really is flimsy at best.

In fact, the sub-plot where Ted’s nemesis from the last film, Giovanni Ribisi’s Donny, looks to kidnap him and cut him open to see how he’s actually ‘functioning’ for a greedy Hasbro exec, is actually a really unsatisfying side dish.

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This coupled with an ending at New York’s Comic-Con which suffers the same generic pitfalls as the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park finale which climaxed the original on such a tepid note, really shows plotting isn’t MacFarlane’s forte – but ‘short bursts’ like in the Family Guy series in which he made his name.

But if you fancy seeing this, you’re probably going for the gross-out trademark MacFarlane gags instead of an Oscar-winning story – so if this is your thing then Ted 2 has more ‘F-bombs’ than you can shake a stick at.

And more often than not, they actually stick this time round.

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Gavin Miller

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Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Barth, Sam J Jones & The Voice Of Seth Macfarlane

Running Time: 1 Hr 55 Mins

Director: Seth Macfarlane

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