Thursday, 5 July 2012

Ted Commentary

So this is what it would be like if they made a live action Family Guy movie.  Like Family Guy, Ted has basically nothing for a story with any depth.  Rather, they rely very heavily on politically incorrect humour, obscure (and not so obscure) references and commentaries on pop culture from the 80s and 90s and completely irrelevant and unnecessary jabs at celebrities.  It's even filled with Seth MacFarlane's own Happy Madison-esque troupe of actor friends with Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton and Alex Borstein.  But, let's face it.  Going in, if you expected anything else from MacFarlane, you probably should have known better.  After all, when asked to do a second animated sitcom, he basically just kept doing Family Guy but called it American Dad.

Similar to when I watch Family Guy, I got conflicted with the jokes.  Sometimes, I got this annoying holier than thou vibe in the digs at other people and society in general.  Then, the actors poke fun at themselves and their own past roles making one feel that they don't take themselves too seriously (like when Mark Wahlberg gets angry over Kunis' use of a word Wahlberg was famous for using a lot in the Departed).  So it's a real up and down ride of comic emotions.

But it isn't all like that.  There are a lot of jokes that are just good, clever humour.  These are the things that I wish MacFarlane would stick to most.  Fore example, the thunder song was great.  But then he ruins it by having Ted refer to the fat kid as Susan Boyle and picking random things from the 80s and 90s to complain about.  I firmly believe that MacFarlane has loads of one-liner talent but just not enough creativity to weave it properly into a story for a 30 minute sitcom much less a two hour movie.  So he relies on irrelevant flashbacks, references and digs at people he doesn't like.

Don't get me wrong.  I laughed a lot.  There's that much humour going on all at once with this movie.  But only see it if you like Family Guy.  I do.  I watch it every week.  If you don't, don't see Ted because you'll hate it.

1 comment:

  1. I'd just like to say, I don't watch Family Guy, or American Dad, or any of those shows, but I still laughed all the way through Ted, it was raunchy and rude and kind of sweet and silly, but really fun. My 2nd fave comedy of the year, after 'Goon', which was amazingly funny and the best sports movie ever, hehehe.