Ted

Mark Wahlberg  Actor Mila Kunis  Actor Seth MacFarlane  Actor Joel McHale  Actor Giovanni Ribisi  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Adult Humor,Profanity,Sexual Situations,Drug Content

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Ted

Theatrical Release Date: 2012 06 29 (USA)

UPC: 025192114694

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Adult Humor, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Drug Content]

Summary: A man wrestles with the lingering consequences of a childhood wish in this live-action comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. As a young boy, John Bennett wanted nothing more than for his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) to come to life. Incredibly, that wish was granted. But now that John (Mark Wahlberg) is all grown up, his boyhood dream has become a nightmare nuisance. Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, and Giovanni Ribisi co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Awards: Best Original Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Edited Feature - Comedy or Musical – American Cinema Editors Guild

Features: Ted: The Making of
Hilarious Gag Reel
Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer
Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writer Alec Sulkin & Star Mark Wahlberg

Ted

Format: DVD

Release Date: 12/11/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 107 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish,French

Subtitles: English,Spanish,French

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Ted
1. Scene 1 [1:16]
2. Scene 2 [:21]
3. Scene 3 [2:27]
4. Scene 4 [:58]
5. Scene 5 [:20]
6. Scene 6 [:25]
7. Scene 7 [1:18]
8. Scene 8 [3:03]
9. Scene 9 [3:12]
10. Scene 10 [:15]
11. Scene 11 [1:34]
12. Scene 12 [:11]
13. Scene 13 [:15]
14. Scene 14 [2:38]
15. Scene 15 [1:12]
16. Scene 16 [:11]
17. Scene 17 [1:20]
18. Scene 18 [:54]
19. Scene 19 [3:07]
20. Scene 20 [:38]

Jason Buchanan

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane escapes suburbia with Ted, an affectionately raunchy comedy about a 35-year-old Boston man whose best friend is a teddy bear brought to life by a magical childhood wish. But while fans of MacFarlane will certainly appreciate that his trademark retro-infused, irreverent humor is still intact, an overreliance on nostalgia and conventional storytelling techniques keeps Ted from achieving greatness.

As a young boy, John Bennett wanted nothing more than for his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) to come to life. Incredibly, that wish was granted. But now that John (played as an adult by Mark Wahlberg) is all grown up, his boyhood dream has become a nightmarish nuisance. After four years of dating the beautiful Lori (Mila Kunis), he knows that it's time to make a commitment. But with Ted around, John seems locked in a state of arrested adolescence: He smokes so much weed that he can't get to work on time, the Flash Gordon DVD in his living room seems to be on a perpetual loop, and every chance John and Lori have to steal a moment alone, their plush little pal shows up ready to party. Meanwhile, just when John and Lori hatch a plan to save their relationship, Ted finds himself in danger and needs his best friend more than ever before.

With Family Guy, MacFarlane's unique talent for self-sabotaging jokes, anarchic flights of fancy, and unabashed nostalgia found him emerging as one of his generation's most prominent comedic voices. Considering the show made its debut in 1999, a transition into feature films has been a long time coming. Strangely, after more than a decade of subverting the typical American sitcom, the man who gave us a martini-sipping dog relies heavily on tired cinematic tropes instead of turning them on their heads. The result is a movie that definitely delivers some sporadic hearty laughs, yet feels far too safe to leave a lasting impression.

Perhaps it's a result of MacFarlane playing his hand too soon (the very first time we see Ted as an "adult" he's doing bong rips on the couch and complaining about the quality of his stash), or sacrificing the more interesting aspects of the plot (like Ted's flirtation with celebrity) to stick with familiar story beats. Whatever the reason, the humor in Ted plateaus relatively early and never quite soars to the absurd heights that make the writer/director such an acquired taste. At the same time, the irony of MacFarlane's penchant for repeatedly falling back on nostalgia for laughs while telling the story of a man-child who is struggling with adult responsibility completely undermines the character's fixation on the past, as well as any of the drama that could have helped Ted resonate with thirtysomethings who cling to their Playstation 3's like a 12-year-old on Christmas Day. Of course, if MacFarlane were merely going for absurdity, this would be of little consequence, but the fact that he instead makes a conscious choice to stick to formula indicates that he wants the drama to work as well, and as a result the humor and the emotion are both blunted.

Fortunately, even when nothing else is working as well as it should, the cast are there to help pick up the slack. Taking his Boston accent from The Fighter to cartoonish new heights and nailing every line of oddball dialogue with genuine conviction, Wahlberg makes fans wish that he'd venture into comedy a bit more often than he does, while MacFarlane makes Ted endearingly crass, Kunis plays a pitch-perfect straight girl, and Giovanni Ribisi gives a hilariously creepy performance as a demented father with designs on the talking teddy bear. A slew of playful cameos also make for fun casual viewing, and the special effects used to animate Ted are positively seamless. In the end, audiences aren't likely to walk out of Ted with frowns on their faces, but at the same time, they're not likely to walk out gasping for breath and clinging to their aching sides either. Perhaps once MacFarlane gets the courage to truly break the mold, we'll finally get a comedy from him with genuine substance, rather than polyfill stuffing. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Jason Clark  Producer 
John L. Jacobs  Producer 
Walter Murphy  Composer (Music Score) 
Scott Stuber  Producer 
Seth MacFarlane  Director 
Seth MacFarlane  Producer 
Seth MacFarlane  Screenwriter 
Jonathan Mone  Executive Producer 
Wellesley Wild  Screenwriter 
Alec Sulkin  Screenwriter 
Mark Wahlberg  Actor 
Mila Kunis  Actor 
Seth MacFarlane  Actor 
Joel McHale  Actor 
Giovanni Ribisi  Actor 
Patrick Warburton  Actor 
Matt Walsh  Actor 
Jessica Barth  Actor 
Aedin Mincks  Actor 
Bill Smitrovich  Actor 
Patrick Stewart  Actor 
Brett Manley  Actor 
Ralph Garman  Actor 
Alex Borstein  Actor 
John Viener  Actor 
Laura Vandervoort  Actor 
Robert Wu  Actor 
Ginger Gonzaga  Actor 
Jessica Stroup  Actor 
Melissa Ordway  Actor 
Max Harris  Actor 
Zane Cowans  Actor 
Zane Cowans  Actor 
T.J. Hourigan  Actor 
Owen Clarke  Actor 
Kristina Ellery  Actor 
Katelyn Lorren  Actor 
Chanty Sok  Actor 
Sara Fischer  Actor 
Cassie Djerf  Actor 
Joe Siriani  Actor 
Patrick Shea  Actor 
Henry Penzi  Actor 
Tania Cabrera  Actor 
Colton Shires  Actor 
Viera Andrea Moya  Actor 
Hajee Kim  Actor 
Lydia Hannibal  Actor 
Shawn Thornton  Actor 
Eric Weinstein  Actor 
Danny Smith  Actor 
Mike Nikitas  Actor 
Robin Hamilton  Actor 
Mike Henry  Actor 
Johnny Lee Davenport  Actor 
Christina Everett  Actor 

Country: USA