Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Stroup, Patrick Warburton, Laura Vandevoort
Even if you’re not totally up on Seth MacFarlane’s animated mega-hit Family Guy, his directorial debut, Ted, should make you laugh more than any other movie in 2012 so far, save for 21 Jump Street (more on that flick later).
Thanks to Mark Wahlberg’s best comedic performance yet (as John, a 35-year-old slacker who pals around with a potty-mouthed teddy bear) and MacFarlane’s voice work as the titular bear with a taste for weed, booze, and flesh-and-blood women, Ted is a laugh machine with plenty of filthy humor. And, for Family Guy purists, MacFarlane’s signature knack for welcomed, obscure pop culture jokes (see: Tom Skerritt and the 1980 superhero bomb Flash Gordon).
What lifts Ted above your typical R-rated comedy, however, is its palpable sweetness. Firmly establishing the 27-year bond between John and Ted, the film is actually a rather sweet buddy comedy; albeit, one that’s aided by the peripheral presence of an unsurprisingly radiant Mila Kunis and a prostitute unable to control her bowels. Bet you never thought you’d hear those two things mentioned in the same sentence.