In a sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s wildly popular Ted, MacFarlane’s titular character is back with his forever ‘thunder buddy’ John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and recently wedded bride Tami-Lynn McCafferty (Jessica Barth) to battle the powers that be over his right to be a person.
Following a rejected adoption application, Ted and his wife learn that apparently an anthropomorphic teddy bear is not deemed a person in the eyes of the law. Ted’s life rapidly crumbles around him, and he enlists the help of his recently qualified lawyer Samantha Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) to restore his perfect life.
The sequel swaps out some of the crass from the first feature for a little more heart and slapstick – but still leaves enough hilarity and toilet humour to keep the laughs coming. Ted 2 has an impressive ensemble cast, as well as many hilarious cameos, returning and new (Patrick Warburton, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Sam J. Jones, to name a few).
Seyfried is a great addition to the Ted-Bennett bromance, and even sneaks in a soulful and catchy acoustic solo. It’s the mixture of these touching moments, and the steady, well-written humour that makes this second entry a more solid production than the first.
Wahlberg and MacFarlane yet again have a hysterical partnership that gets the duo into cringe-worthy and outlandish scenarios. There are also some wonderful parallels between Ted’s fight for his rights and the ongoing battle for gay marriage… and there’s no moral like a moral narrated and argued by Morgan Freeman.
A cleverly crass bromance with a stronger take home message than the first venture.
Reviewed by Nathan Giaccio
Rating out of 10: 8