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Ted 2

Ted 2
Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane (voice), Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Sam J. Jones, Ron Canada and Liam Neeson

Rated: R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: June 26, 2015 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The opening scenes in Ted 2 lets us know that the comedy would not be the only innovative consideration we would see.  

Without a doubt this is a funny movie but it opens with a wedding scene between Ted and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) that makes it clear that the relationship between the two foot something teddy bear and the tall sexy blond bombshell is nuts but will be treated as a normal marriage.  

Seth MacFarlane who directs and voices Ted also inserts a full staged dance scene which Busby Berkeley would have been envious of.  We get to see Ted in tails and a top hat leading a stage full of male and female dancers.  It brings us back to the early musicals at MGM and adds a touch of class to this basically vulgar language comedy.  Whatever it works and we are quickly comfortable with the union of the bear and the blond. 

But time quickly wears on the marriage as Jessica Barth plays her traditional blond role flawlessly performing with a stuffed bear which was probably added after she completed her scenes. She is a delightful part of the film. So is MacFarlane's voice and Mark Wahlberg, Ted's best friend.  

Ted was Wahlberg's teddy bear in childhood.  Amanda Seyfried is a young lawyer who takes up Ted's case when he is stripped of his humanity and declared to be property and not an independent being.  We have seen this before on Star Trek: The Next Generation with Data and in the 1964 episode of "The Outer Limits called I Robot". Neither of those were comic as this one is. Seyfried is just as effective as a silly but smart young lawyer who loves to smoke pot. 

Different characters appear and add to the mirth: Liam Neeson is a shopper who is not sure he can purchase a kids cereal because he is adult.  He makes the purchase after Ted assures him it is legal for an adult to own a cereal.  Neeson slips the box under his coat and leaves the store.  The Con Con in New York becomes a background for a series of characters from Science Fiction films that interact with Ted as he is pursued by Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) who wants to split Ted open to determine why he has the ability to act human. 

The story takes place in Boston, and the Red Sox seventh inning music "Sweet Caroline" fits right in along with Sam Jones who played Flash Gordon back in 1980 and appears in costume at the Con Con.  

The F word is a major part of the conversation but we quickly accepted that Ted speaks that way and it fits right in with the craziness of the script which keeps us laughing through out the film. 

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