Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Stroup, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Laura Vandervoort
Release date: July 13
With all of the superhero movies and other high-concept genre pictures on the horizon, the one film genre that’s surprisingly looking quite lax this summer is comedy—think about how many (hopefully) funny movies you’ve read about on the way to this sixth slot. You can count them all on one hand with a broken finger.
Even if the impending warm weather months were stuffed with comedies, though, it’d still take a project of Anchorman 2’s potential to promise more laughs than Ted, the feature film directorial debut of Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane. Sticking to what he knows best (animation), MacFarlane’s jump-off movie stars Mark Wahlberg as a grown man whose love life and career constantly get interrupted by his best friend, who just so happens to be a talking, weed-smoking, hooker-paying, and profane teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane himself).
Having seen Ted’s first eight minutes, we can vouch for its hard-R humor; for example, when Wahlberg’s character tells Ted that his girlfriend wants more, the stuffed animal replies, “What, anal?” If the sight of a Teddy Ruxpin’s counterpart cracking wise with a potty mouth doesn’t make you chuckle, might we suggest a new friend by the name of Mary Jane?