Possible spoilers ahead!
“Ted 2” picks up a little over a year after the events of the first film, where we catch up with John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and living teddy bear, Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane). John has divorced wife Lori (Mila Kunis), and is still not over the split. Meanwhile, Ted is now married to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), but the two spend the majority of their time fighting over money.
In an attempt to salvage their marriage, Ted and Tami-Lynn decide to start a family. Unable to conceive (for a couple of reasons), the pair file to adopt a child – an action that sets into motion a chain of events that culminate in a federal dispute over whether or not this lovable living teddy bear is considered a person, with inalienable rights, or is simply a piece of property.
With the help of an enthusiastic young stoner lawyer named Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) on their side, John and Ted take on the legal system and try to make the world realize that Ted is indeed, a person.
Seth MacFarlane has a brand of comedy that is well established and known: We know going in that his movies will be overloaded with crude humor and cringe worthy moments. And to be fair, Seth MacFarlane is very good at his job. But that turns out to be the biggest problem with “Ted 2.”
Instead of feeling fresh and original, “Ted 2” feels more like the next episode of a tv show. None of the jokes felt new, probably because Seth MacFarlane has used them in either a movie or one of his many animated shows.
For example, the director once again pokes fun at Amanda Seyfried’s large eyes. That joke would be funny, if he hadn’t used it in last year’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” “Ted 2” even has a broadway style opening credits sequence just like “Family Guy.”
“Ted 2” does have some new jokes and gags. But sadly most of the new jokes fall flat, and dodn’t make much of a lasting impression.
I did enjoy a couple of things in the movie. Liam Neeson’s oh so brief cameo brought the nearly empty house down. It was such a simple scene, without any crudeness attached, and it was probably the highlight of the movie. Also, Ted’ co-worker ar the grocery store get just two scenes, but man she was funny.
The last act of the movie takes place at New York Comic Con. I was very excited, at first, but soon the sequence deteriorated into every cliché about comic geeks and conventions you can imagine. Not to mention, the comic con scenes have a ton of product placement.
I wonder how much Midtown Comics and Boom! Studios paid to have their logos in perfect focus over the lead actor’s shoulders?
In the end, “Ted 2” was disappointing. While the movie is not worst thing I’ve ever seen, it’s not a very good film either. If you do want to see “Ted 2,” wait until its available on blu ray or available to rent.
“Ted 2” final score: 6.5