John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) lives with his girlfriend Lori, who he is very much in love with. The problem is that Lori has grown tired of John's friend Ted, who is wildly irresponsible and a bad example for John. Ted happens to be a teddy bear who is very much alive, the result of a childhood wish. With John facing pressure from the love of his life, he is forced to mature and attempt to grow up, pushing Ted in the same direction. Seth MacFarlane's feature debut 'Ted' is exactly what one would expect from the creator of Family guy. The jokes are pretty similar in every way, being incredibly predictable at times, dull at others, and just striking out in the laughs department far more than when it succeeds. The film would definitely fit under the popular saying: 'The best parts were in the preview". The narrative of the story is simple and fine but the film was clearly trying to be dramatic at certain times, almost always falling very flat. I realize you don't see this type of film for the drama sections but everything about this film, including the relationship between Ted and John themselves felt manufactured more times than not. MacFarlane also suffer's from Judd Apatow's problem of having the film completely overstay it's welcome with a running time of almost 2 hours. I'm sorry, this film should have never been over 90 minutes. To be clear, I think Family Guy is one of the worst comedic shows on television in recent years, if you like that show there is no reason you shouldn't like this movie. Personally, I was just hoping for something more comical and raunchy than what was presented.
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