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Monday, July 6, 2015

Bad Ted(dy)

Seth MacFarlane’s bong-smoking, potty-mouthed, misbehaving and politically incorrect (but cuddly) teddy bear is back for a second go round in ‘Ted 2,’ the sequel to the oft hilarious R-rated comedy smash from 2012 reviewed here: http://www.moviesaccordingtodave.blogspot.com/2012/07/drop-dead-ted.html.  Warning: Seth MacFarlane isn’t for everyone, certainly not for kids.  Fans of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad’ need no introduction to MacFarlane’s off-beat, offensive and crude brand of humor, but those with more delicate sensibilities and “refined” tastes might find the idea of sitting through two hours of potty humor and gross-out gags a bit less appealing. 
 
Teddy bears are “people” too.  T2 (no ‘Judgment Day’ here) sees our beloved stuffed PITA (pain in the ass, that is) married to a hottie with a Boston accent  (Jessica Barth) and trying to have a kid in order to save his disintegrating marriage beset by constant bickering, but because he lacks the requisite uh, appendage, Ted was forced to explore artificial insemination.  While his frequent partner-in-crime and previous owner, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), was willing to make a donation for such a worthy cause, Ted hit another snag when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts saw fit to declare that he is not legally a “person” but rather property. T2, then, is the story of a disenfranchised teddy bear’s fight against discrimination and injustice in the world, with the help of a couple of bong-smoking friends like Wahlberg and Sam L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), as well as a late assist from Morgan Freeman as a prominent civil rights attorney.  Giovanni Ribisi’s Tiffany-loving Donny also returns to exact his revenge on Ted, and like the original the many new and recurring cameos are a veritable “who’s who?” including Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Patrick Warburton (The Tick), Michael Dorn (Worf), Dennis Haysbert, Liam Neeson and Tom Brady.  
 
Okay, so T2 wasn’t quite the equal to its predecessor in the originality and humor departments (nor did it have Norah Jones), but how many sequels could truly claim to hold up to the original?  This follow-up is nonetheless an irreverently humorous romp and a loving tribute to geek culture that speaks to our fanboy (and fangirl) hearts.
 
Grade: B+
 
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