I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that Seth MacFarlane is one of the most talented people in the entertainment business today. His creation Family Guy, which he writes and voices, has been going strong for 13 years now [I know, right?], and has lead to the creation of two other similar shows [American Dad!, The Cleaveland Show] that he also writes and voices. He has had almost endless success in his field and with a lot of side projects as well. He was awesome on Saturday Night Live this year, and is hosting the 2013 Academy Awards, something I think he’ll be really awesome at. Now he presents his first live action movie, which he has written and directed and voices. I am anxious to see what else this guy can come up with.
As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
Mark Wahlberg has now found success in two of these strange, semi-immature comedies [The Other Guys], and I have to say that I think he really works in such a role. He’s got such a serious demeanor when he delivers a lot of his humor that I find hilarious. It’s more entertaining [to me] when the comedy isn’t supposed to be a joke, but a serious thought or idea from the character.
Mila Kunis [who voices Meg in Family Guy] plays the long-time girlfriend who wants Wahlberg’s character to grow up and move on from Ted [MacFarlane], his stuffed bear friend of 25+ years. The film features a lot of other comedic actors like Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, and cameos from Sam Jones, Ted Danson, Ray Romano, and Norah Jones.
The humor is very much like that of Family Guy, with a lot of pop-culture references and bathroom humor. If you like that show or others MacFarlane has done, I think you’ll very much enjoy yourself. MacFarlane has managed to put together a decent enough plot and characters through which to carry his comedy. The idea of this teddy bear being alive is the source of a lot of funny material.
Although I am a big fan of Family Guy, it is a show that has been running for over a decade, and I have seen most of it. Although this is a new, interesting vessel for MacFarlane’s style of comedy, it is still the same style. It is nothing really new to experience, but it is still pretty entertaining.
2.5/4 – Although Seth MacFarlane brings an identical Family Guy style of humor to his first live action film, it is a well made vessel with which to carry his popular and successful comedy.