Ted 2

Mark Wahlberg, Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and Amanda Seyfried in Ted 2.

Mark Wahlberg, Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and Amanda Seyfried in Ted 2.

Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and his thunder buddy, John (Mark Wahlberg), are back in Ted 2, the sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 comedy about a foul-mouthed teddy bear who came to life.

Ted has married his Brooklyn babe, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), and they decide to have a baby to save their relationship. But before Ted can become a father, he has to prove in court that he is a person and not property.

In the first film it was John who needed to grow up. Now the narrative is all about Ted while Wahlberg’s dumped man-child takes a depressed backseat to his bear bro, having little to do besides tag along and find romance with the young pot-smoking lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) assigned to help Ted. Seyfried does a good job of injecting warmth to her role which nicely balances the crudity of the mostly male cast.

the animators should get special mention for creating such a believable and sometimes sweet performance from a teddy bear

Since the first was a comedy that successfully walked the line between clever and crass, the same could be expected for the sequel. Yet, because this is a Seth MacFarlane project expectations are involuntarily higher. Unfortunately Ted 2 falls more on the crass side and feels like a half-hearted attempt to milk the concept – MacFarlane is more successful when he breaks the mould.

There are more than enough one-liners and silly humour to get plenty of giggles from the audience, and the animators should get special mention for creating such a believable and sometimes sweet performance from a teddy bear, but it feels like most of the cast are underutilised and bored. At least there are a whole lot of cameos to get the audience talking.

*** /5

In Australian cinemas June 25

(Review first published in City Hub)

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