Movie Review: Ted 2 (M18)
This sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit about a living teddy bear is not for those with low tolerance for puerile humour and profanity.
And for those who didn't watch the first movie, don't be fooled by the titular Ted's adorable looks. This is one foul, potty-mouthed, drug-abusing plush toy.
The story continues from the first movie, where Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) finds that his newly married life to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) isn't a bed of roses.
He decides that a baby may bring joy back into his marriage.
But he's a bear, so he needs to find a sperm donor to artificially inseminate Tami-Lynn.
However, when the doc pronounces Tami-Lynn as infertile, the couple decides to adopt a child -- and that's when everything goes downhill for Ted.
The law, it seems, doesn't recognise him as a "living thing" but just a "thing", thus he doesn't qualify to be a parent.
So Ted decides to prove he's person in a court of law with the help of a young, rookie lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried). Of course, Ted's never without the support from this "Thunder Buddy" John (Mark Wahlberg).
The premise of a talking, walking, dancing, beer-guzzling teddy bear was a stroke of genius when the movie first came out.
Like every sequel, it's always an uphill task to inject new elements. So MacFarlane's "brilliant" solution to keep audiences engaged, it seems, is to up the obscenity and politically-incorrectness.
And being a film-maker who's besotted with musical theater, MacFarlane can't resist throwing in a musical number or two.
The first movie had heart and soul, thanks to the strong brotherly bond between John and Ted.
But while this sequel goes the distance to prove Ted's a living person, there is, ironically, no heart and soul to the entire movie.
There are a couple of genuine funny moments, but the abundance of racist humour, F-bombs and eye-rolling juvenile comedy outweigh the good.
The only bright spark in this comedy is the amazing wizardry that makes you truly believe that Ted is a real, living thing. The CGI is flawless.
This comedy works for those who enjoy toilet humour, but unfortunately it's not my cup of tea.