It suffers from the most unfortunate answer to the immortal sequel question of “what do we do next?” Ted’s antics revolve around the same dirty formula that has divided audiences through MacFarlane’s boundless obscenities, a vast spectrum of potty humor and totally-un-PC references, but MacFarlane lovers are going to be snuggling up to Ted 2 with absolutely zero hesitation. “Purely selfishly, as somebody making the film, I didn’t want to do something that would be an experience that would be un-engaging for me, or that would rehash the same material twice”. “I do not buy it. I do not think it’s real”.
Producer Jason Clark recalls shooting a brief Ted sex scene with Tami-Lynn and Ted.
MacFarlane’s 2012 film “Ted” was a box office hit, so a sequel was probably inevitable, and according to early reviews (“Ted 2” hits theaters on June 26), the new film is just as full of envelope-pushing humor as the first movie. “I was literally opening and closing my mouth to air”, says Barth. For some audiences, low-brow humor is the whole point of the “Ted” movies. According to Coming Soon, the couple faces the dilemma of Ted’s inability to reproduce, leading them to find a sperm donor. To his fans, that’s enough.
Will John get over his failed marriage and jump back in the saddle? How else would Ted celebrate his honeymoon but by starting it with a bad pun? So, with Ted 2 McFarlane looks to take the talking Teddy Bear to the next level and he does.
MacFarlane feels like, there’s a disconnect from the perception that the media creates and the way people really remember. OK spoiler alert…They get High…A LOT! When you’re working 15-hour days, that’s not something I would be game for.
If the film is perhaps a shade too long, with at least one subplot involving a stalker (Giovanni Ribisi) that fails to live up to the standards set by the thoughtful central narrative, it’s still a rewarding laugh machine to experience, with modestly specialist and seamless special effects that we take for granted. And like all Seth McFarlane productions there is an A-List of cameos! Distraught and depressed, Ted teams up with his best bud John (Mark Wahlberg) and a young lawyer named Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to overturn the law’s unjust ruling.
While I stayed mostly stony-faced through both the original Ted and this sequel, professional duty obliges me to recognise MacFarlane as a genuine eccentric with a certain amount of flair. The great thing is, McFarlane builds on the first and improves! There’s been talk of a second Italian Job, a second Four Brothers and even a followup to The Fighter that follows other boxers.
Oh, yes, and on three different occasions the movie suggests that Amanda Seyfried, who co-stars, bears a resemblance to Gollum from “Lord of the Rings“. Broadway’s Rob Ashford stages a complete Busby Berkley musical at the start of Ted 2 that is really the highlight (albeit a few odd moments) of a movie that starts with promise, wanders in the desert of no ideas, and then comes to an end without a moment to spare. But the fandom convention locale also leads to Guy and Rick’s hate-filled douchebaggery while pushing around nerds like middle school bullies, which does not get a single laugh besides each being dressed as fictional characters they’d previously made famous. Every last one of the critics, in the screening I was in, laughed!