Ted is vulgar, offensive, distasteful … and fantastic.
There’s something about a sex-obsessed, pot-smoking teddy bear that’s kind of endearing. Although it was difficult at first not to envisage Peter Griffin every time he spoke, Ted really grew on me.
It’s a familiar story line: man’s relationship is put in jeopardy due to lazy, irresponsible housemate. In this case, the slacker housemate just happens to be a life-size, talking teddy. The film adheres to the expected conventions of this genre, whilst throwing in large doses of humour and vulgarity for good measure. It fulfils and contradicts audience expectations all at once, which results in an oddly enjoyable experience.
In the same vein as recent release The Dictator, Ted goes for the shock factor. There’s potty humour and religious jokes galore, and one very memorable scene in which Ted squirts sunscreen all over his face in a bid to win the affections of a co-worker. In a time of extreme political correctness, audiences seem to be revelling in films that fly in the face of all that is deemed socially acceptable. It’s no wonder then that Ted is currently the most popular film in Australia. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more films like this in the not-too-distant future.
If you’re craving something different, and more than a little cheeky, you can trust that Ted will deliver. On the other hand, if you’re easily offended, you might want to give this one a miss.
This review was written by Cassandra Meehan