On Monday we showed you the red-band trailer for Seth McFarlane’s big screen feature debut, Ted with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Today we have the green-band version, the one approved for all audiences. While it’s still not funny, at least it’s less offensive. I am by no means a prude but the red-band version included scenes and dialogue that seemed to be crude just for the sake of it. And that’s not funny, it’s sophomoric.
As I said before, I wanted to like Ted for a number of reasons like the fact that it was both filmed in Boston, and I love seeing my city on the big-screen, and it stars one of Boston’s favorite sons, Mark Wahlberg.
The premise involves John who, as a ten year old, makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.
Again, the joke isn’t that John is the only who can see him, it’s that he’s an obnoxious little sh*t, not the cuddly toy we tend to think of when we think of teddy bears. And because McFarlane voices Ted and is doing what he considers to be a “Boston accent” he sounds exactly like Peter Griffin (of McFarlane’s Family Guy). Wahlberg, for his part, may be what saves this movie, if it can be saved. Acting opposite a CGI bear, he may be doing his best work.
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Ted also stars Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Stroup and Patrick Warburton. It opens in the US (I expect a Boston premiere) on July 13 and 3rd August in the UK.