Ted 2 Blu-ray Review
The original TED was a bit of a surprise to me considering it featured Seth MacFarlane, who I don’t like and Mark Wahlberg, who I traditionally find obnoxious. But the film managed to be hilarious, finding just enough raunchy humor and quick wit to make it enjoyable. The thing about TED is that it’s the perfect movie for a sequel because the basic premise lends itself to hilarious situations. The only thing MacFarlane has to be careful of is to not over-think things or craft a plot that’s way too involved or deep for a talking teddy bear.
We start with John and Ted celebrating Ted’s marriage to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), but a year later things aren’t going well for Ted and Tami-Lynn and so the two decide to have a baby to make things better. But obviously they can’t conceive, so they line things up for a surrogate, but it quickly falls apart because the state doesn’t recognize Ted as a citizen. Ted and John decide to sue and that brings them to the office of Samantha (Seyfried), who agrees to take their case to prove Ted is a “human”.
The plot is way too deep and complicated for its own good. This is not the kind of movie to feature legal debates about what constitutes being a human or having a soul. Every time MacFarlane tried to broach a more intelligent topic, he’d lose all credibility by having a talking teddy bear cuss or smoke pot. Comedies have to know what they are and the world MacFarlane created has no place for serious subjects. I understand what he wanted to do, but he also has to understand he can’t have it both ways; he can’t make a living on toilet humor and penis jokes and then try to throw in some serious subjects. I can only assume TED 3 is on the way and if so, MacFarlane would be better off trimming the runtime and focusing on the humor rather than getting lost in an unnecessary plot.
The off-putting, contradictory tone of the film aside, we still have Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear to ease the pain. If you enjoyed the original, I think the sequel has enough humor and banter from Ted to make it worthwhile. It has a few scenes that had me laughing out loud and several more that had me chuckling. It took a while for Seth MacFarlane to get into the groove, but once he got John and Ted on an adventure together, the movie really took off. The biggest advantage to filming a comedy sequel so close to the original is that the actors keep their chemistry, which makes the jokes that much better.
TED 2 is filled with problems; it doesn’t flow as smoothly as the original, it gets lost in an unnecessary script and we go too many stretches without a laugh. But there’s something about Ted that I find hilarious and when he’s cracking jokes, I can’t help but get a kick out of it. TED 2 doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s more than enough for fans of the original.
Video: TED 2 looks great on Blu-ray.
Audio: The audio is also fine.
Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sukim, Wellesley Wild and Jessica Barth: Those looking for a deep analysis of TED 2 will be disappointed with this one. But if you want a fun, light hearted commentary that feels like you’re watching the movie with friends, you’re in luck. I thought this was hilarious, fun and nice addition to the disc.
Deleted Scenes (4:26): There are seven scenes in total and some of these were decent and should have been included.
Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe (7:27): This is mostly scenes from the film, but it focuses on the relationship between John and Ted.
Creating Comic-Con (14:44): The finale takes place at Comic-Con and here we have four mini-featurettes that explore the various aspects of creating Comic-Con.
Cameo Buddies (7:07): Tom Brady, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and David Hasselhoff all get their own mini featurette focusing on their cameos.
A Giant Opening Dance Number (8:47): The opening number gets its own featurette.
Roadtripping (8:51): The road trip sequence also gets its own featurette.
Gag Reel (2:40): Typical gag reel.