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Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed bear returns for more bromance and B.J. jokes

Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg and Seth McFarlaneAmanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg and Seth McFarlane

Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg and Seth McFarlane in 'Ted 2.'


Critics blew snob snot all over Seth MacFarlane’s Ted in 2012, claiming to be above the vulgar antics of a teddy bear, voiced by director and co-writer MacFarlane, talking shit to his real-life Boston buddy John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Audiences made Ted one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies ever. They’ll do it again with Ted 2 because even when MacFarlane pushes too hard and long, he keeps the jokes gut-busting and laced with satirical bite. The tenderness between Ted and John — Wahlberg plays this likable dim bulb with winning dexterity — is an unexpected treat.

What does Ted 2 do for plot? It puts Ted in a tough spot. Now married to checkout babe Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), who claims Ted is good at sex even though Hasbro didn’t equip him with a dick, Ted wants to be a daddy. That means a sperm donor. Ted and John try to jerk off a sleeping Tom Brady. When that fails, Ted finds himself in court trying to prove he’s a person and not a piece of property. Amanda Seyfried, sweet and sexy, plays his untried lawyer.

Still, the cause of bear rights can’t compete with jokes that are killer funny. Anytime John Googles a topic, even the Grand Canyon, the response is always “Did you mean ‘black dicks?’ ” If this repels you, stay away from Ted 2. If you’re ready to go with the hit-and-miss flow, you’ll laugh your ass off.


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