STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn and Sam J. Jones
Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.
We are placed in Ted 2 in a time that John’s now divorced and Ted and Tami-Lynn’s marriage is seemingly heading down the same road. Ted and Tami-Lynn however plan to have a baby in order to reignite their marriage with John’s help but their plans are halted as Ted is declared property by the government and loses all his civil rights. Now with the help of John and a inexperienced young lawyer, Ted must fight a seemingly hopeless legal battle to regain his civil rights.
Ted returns to the big screen after making near $550m worldwide back in 2012 only know we have the original cast (minus Mila Kunis) back alongside him and basically the film has a plot with Ted attempting to regain his civil rights, yet the final act rehashes old ground from the original.
I’ll admit that the first Ted film I thought was okay, sure I laughed at certain moments but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as others did. After a weird opening reminiscent of the Family Guy credits (that is what instantly popped into my head when watching it) with a big old-school Hollywood dance number, top hats and all, the film creates an interesting plot of Ted looking to become a father but the courts not ‘allowing’ it as Ted is declared property rather than a person, thus Ted goes on a road trip along with his friend John and their Lawyer Samantha to New York to prove that he is a person. Ted 2 does provide laughs here, particularly when the trio come across the mother of all marijuana fields and John Williams’ Jurassic Park theme comes into play and then for the darkly humoured soul they also attend a improv comedy night and give out the worst suggestions possible (it’s a small moment but made me laugh).
Unfortunately however the plot takes an overall backseat as the film progresses and returns back to familiar territory, particularly since they bring back the Donny character to proceedings, which just seemed unnecessary to me especially since we almost get the same final act as the last film. The performances from MacFarlane, Wahlberg and Seyfried are fine though with a few cameos (Liam Neeson’s being the weirdest and Dennis Haysbert’s being the funniest).
Too long and rehashing old ground in the final act, Ted 2 still provides some laughs though, just not as much as the first one. 5/10