Ted 2

WRITTEN BY: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
DIRECTED BY: Seth MacFarlane
STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
RATING: 3 stars

Newlyweds Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) realise their marriage is on the rocks after just one year, so they decide to save their relationship by having a baby. When the sperm donor idea fails, they decide to adopt a child but are blocked from becoming parents because the government does not consider Ted to be a person. So, Ted and his thunder buddy John (Mark Wahlberg) enlist the help of young lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to help them prove in court that Ted deserves human rights. Meanwhile, old foe Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) catches wind of the court case and concocts his own plan to kidnap Ted.

There are a handful of brilliantly crafted jokes in this film that are sure to be repeated by fans for a long time. Unfortunately, there are lengthy breaks between those memorable gags. Ted 2 runs for close to two hours, which is far too long for a film that is essentially full of one-liners about sex and drugs. It seems director and co-writer Seth MacFarlane has tried to add some substance to the plot by slipping in a deeper message about equality, and perhaps if the story had stuck to being a funny court tale it might have been more effective. Instead, it takes too long to get going and, as much as I like Ribisi, his sub-plot is totally unnecessary. Wahlberg and MacFarlane clearly love working together but this film just seems like an easy way to make some money for the pair. Wahlberg also lacks chemistry with the much younger Seyfried. Morgan Freeman is the most welcome addition to the film in a minor but pivotal role, while Liam Neeson appears in one very odd scene. There are a few other cameos, some of which are better than others. Ted 2 will likely be a box office success, but that does not mean it is particularly good.