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Ted

"Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane`s directorial debut sees Mark Wahlberg as a perfectly normal Boston native, John, whose childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true one day. The bear, named Ted, (voiced by MacFarlane himself) remains his best friend well into his adult years, however, a moving and talking Ted turns out to be less than what John expected. Conflict soon emerges when Ted`s irresponsible and vulgar slacker lifestyle comes in the way of his attempt to embrace his adulthood and the woman of his dreams, Lori (Mila Kunis).

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: M18
Release Date: 6 Sep 2012
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Warburton
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Watch this if you liked: "The Hangover" and "I Love You Man"

When you hear Seth MacFarlane, you hear Peter and Stewie Griffin and you know you are in for a raunchy ride filled with offensive jokes and dysfunctional elements. "Ted" for better or worse, takes you on the very same R-rated ride, something MacFarlane is making himself synonymous with in Hollywood.

"Ted" kick-starts with a lonely little boy named John, that wishes for an eternal friend one Christmas night, that startlingly turns his new stuffed teddy; Ted, alive. The unusual yet miraculous event brings Ted to stardom and fame through the Carson show, but the hype eventually dies down with time, and "Ted" soon becomes an obnoxious has-been.

John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted were living the life in their adolescence, spending their days drinking, smoking and watching the 80's "Flash Gordon". Like all bromance however, the romance soon tends to get in the way and this is where John's girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) comes in the picture. Hot and sexy Lori does not so much dislike Ted, she just wants John to have his priorities right so that they can start a life together, one that does not include Ted being in the same bed or bringing hookers back to the house.

Humour and taboo dialogues aside, the movie also portrays a very genuine and honest friendship between John and Ted, a task that is surely a pain to achieve pre-CGI (pre-walking/talking Ted). The man-bear relationship is comparable to the one between E.T. and Elliot, but with only more adult elements, as the crude duo somehow manages to balance the often shocking humour with a dash of tenderness.

Forget Wahlberg or Kunis, Ted himself is a hoot and a half, thanks to the impressive CGI and voice that brings it to life. As you watch the movie, Ted seems to appear more and more organic - and viewers find themselves unquestioningly relating to it as a real being. Ted unlike many teddy bears in movies, is not to sit around and allow himself to be dragged around or cuddled, instead, Ted finds getting high and getting it on with the ladies his purpose in life, while also managing to stay cute through the occasional puppy-eyed look. It is Ted's vulgar personality that pulls the movie up a notch compared to the typical guy movie ("The Hangover") or even the occasional romantic comedy ("I Love You Man").

If you are easily offended, this one will be an easy miss for you, but know that you will also be missing the biggest comedy of the year. Overall, MacFarlane has made his movie debut via the crudest soft toy we now know and love, Ted.

Cinema Online, 09 October 2012
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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