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7/9/2012 6:00:00 AM
Reel Watchers: Ted
Mihael Esser
Kingman Resident

If you are a fan of "Family Guy" and enjoy the sarcastic wit of Seth MacFarlane, then "Ted" delivers exactly what you're looking for.

Being Seth's first attempt to bring his small screen antics to a big screen near you, he's made sure he didn't veer to far from his core formula. And that's alright with me.

You see too many times these creative types strike gold and then feel they need to try something new, not realizing that when you're known for a particular brand of humor, I don't want you to try to feed me a drama. (Yeah, I'm talking to you, Mike Judge.)

"Ted" starts with a young boy who has been singled out by the neighborhood boys as being unworthy of their friendship. This forces a young John Bennett, played as an adult by Mark Wahlberg, to turn to his favorite new Christmas present, a giant stuffed teddy bear, for companionship. But, when a magical wish brings Ted to life, John now has all the friends he needs.

By the way, Ted is voiced by MacFarlane.

Fast forward 28 years and John and Ted are still best buddies, only now John's girlfriend Lori, played by Mila Kunis, has entered the mix. And while she understands and supports John's friendship with Ted, she wants her boyfriend to grow up and stop spending so much time with his teddy bear.

Not only does Seth give Ted's walking, talking, drinking, smoking, promiscuous character tons of tools to entertain, he also gives him something he very easily could have overlooked, and that's a heart. Thank God he didn't. It's because of that added element, on top of a great storyline, that makes Ted so believable and fun.

As far as the other acting jobs, Wahlberg puts on a boyish charm that is not only funny in its own right, but consistent. I'm glad he didn't sway on this element of his character. He very easily could have tried to play it straight and just made the whole thing awkward. Instead, we have magic and the big kid who knows it exists.

After it's all said and done, Ted is a solid comedy for those with a childish sense of humor and an affinity for stoner humor. I'm giving Ted a 4 out of 5 miners.

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