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Ted 2 (2015)

By Newguy

logoDirector: Seth MacFarlane

Writer: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Sam J Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn

Plot: Newly-wed Couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to b a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Solid Sequel

Story: Ted 2 starts with Ted marrying Tami-Lynn (Barth) getting married by Sam Jones (Himself). John (Wahlberg) is no longer married to Lori which means no Mila Kunis this time. It doesn’t take long before the two struggle with married life when they get the idea to have a baby.

Ted needs to find himself sperm donor with his first choice being Flash Gordon doesn’t come off they head after Tom Brady next. When these plans fail Ted turns to Johnny for sperm but things get worse for Ted when they find out Tami-Lynn can’t have children. Ted’s life get worst when he finds out the state only sees him as property meaning he can’t adopt, loses his job and has his marriage annulled.

Deciding this isn’t right the Ted and John go to a lawyer and get young ambitious lawyer Samantha (Seyfried) who accepts their case while getting high with them. Time to introduce a villain as Donnie (Risibi) is still not in jail and works as Hasbro giving the boss a new idea to steal Ted if he loses the case. We are left to wonder whether Ted will get his civil rights back and be treated like a human even when Samantha has to turn to Patrick Meighan (Freeman) for help in the civil rights case.

Ted 2 manages to keep the comedy you would expect after seeing the first film going, even if the story seems to focus on the civil rights of Ted. It almost throws out the whole story from the first film on John’s side of the story which is disappointing because we would like to see how things were going rather than just, they got divorced. The main story of trying to prove Ted should have human rights gets slightly too serious for my liking because I think it takes away from the adult fairy tale which the first film felt like. The comical moments do feel like an episode of family guy because they play out at times as the say something show a clip of it happening moment. On the negative I do think they rely on drugs way too much for my liking. Overall the story is serious but the comical moments work to cover it up enough to make it enjoyable. (7/10)

Actor Review

Mark Wahlberg: John is recently divorced best friend of Ted who offers to help Ted get sperm to become a father. He still is a slacker without having much idea what he is doing with his life. He agrees to help Ted prove he deserves to be treated the same as every other living person. Mark doesn’t reach the comedy levels he is capable this time around but still does give us a solid job. (6/10)

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Seth MacFarlane (Voice): Ted is our teddy bear who gets married and wants to start a family but when the state learn that he is a teddy bear they take away his civil rights. Ted has to fight for his civil rights proving that he is a real person. After his disastrous acting performance last time out Seth steps back behind the voice of character which works for him because he is a great voice actor. (7/10)

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Amanda Seyfried: Samantha is the young lawyer who takes the case which will be the first of her career, when things don’t go well she reaches out to top civil rights lawyer Patrick Meighan to finally help her win the case, she also offers romantic interest John. Amanda comes into the film and plays a character I wouldn’t want a lawyer but does a solid job. (6/10)

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Jessica Barth: Tami-Lynn is Ted’s wife until it gets annulled due to Ted losing his civil rights, she stands by her man through the whole situation. Jessica does a solid job but doesn’t get the screen time you would expect from the importance of her character. (6/10)

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Morgan Freeman: Patrick Meighan is the one of the best civil right lawyers in America that Samantha turns to to try and help with the case but only ends up rejecting them because he finds the case too difficult to deal with. Morgan doesn’t appear in enough scenes really. (5/10)

Giovanni Risibi: Donnie is free from jail and still wants Ted, he works for Hasbro as a cleaner as he plans to talk a high ranking member of Hasbro into stealing Ted and discovering what makes hi tick. Giovanni brings the same character back to the film which works because he will be the hapless villain. (7/10)

Support Cast: Ted 2 gives you what you would expect from the series, cameos left right and center that add extra laughs.

Director Review: Seth MacFarlane Seth returns to what we would expect from him, he brings his style of comedy to film which won’t please everyone but I laughed enough. (7/10)

Comedy: Ted 2 has a range of comedy but the smarter jokes do get pushed aside for sex and drug heavy jokes. (7/10)

Settings: Ted 2 doesn’t really make too much out of its settings, we get what you would expect but nothing much else. (3/10)

Suggestion: Ted 2 is one for the fans of the style of comedy, I can see a lot of people not liking this because they will find the comedy too much. (MacFarlane fans Watch)

Best Part: Liam Neeson Cameo.

Worst Part: No Mila Kunis.

Funniest Scene: Sperm Bank

Favourite Quote: Ted There are no chicks with dicks only guys with tits

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: If it makes money I expect to see one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $60 Million (Opening Weekend)

Budget: $68 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Tagline: Thunder Buddies For Life

Overall: The Sequel you would expect, not quite as funny but still strong enough.

Rating

65


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