Watched Jun 30, 2012
To say that my expectations going into Ted were low is a gross understatement. There isn’t a single thing that first time feature film director Seth MacFarlane is associated with that I find funny, and thus I assumed that Ted would be no different. I however had no idea that Ted would be as bad as it is. Not only is the film not in the least bit funny, it is also terribly long. Twenty minutes could have easily been trimmed off this film without any negative affects. A shortened run-time would just mean that there would be less time to make pointless Flash Gordon jokes, which would be a very good thing. Along with all the Flash Gordon jokes are plenty of other pop culture references that already seem dated even though the film was released just yesterday. The reliance of jokes based on pop culture references has become about as cliche in film comedy as someone getting kicked in the nuts, and anyone with even a tiny bit of knowledge of what is happening in popular culture could write the jokes feature in Ted. A one off comment courtesy of Ted the title character when Mark Wahlberg is poorly singing a song went something like "he’s still better than Katy Perry". These are the type of golden comedy nuggets that are scattered throughout the film. There are also a bunch of crude moments crammed in between all the pop culture references, but nothing crude enough to write home about. In the end, Ted is definitely not one of the funniest movie of the year. It isn’t even the funniest film of the year to feature someone being stabbed, that title goes to 21 Jump Street, which also happens to be the funniest film of the year. See that, or even see it again, and avoid seeing Ted.