Life has changed drastically for thunder buddies John (Mark Wahlberg), now a bachelor is still reeling from his divorce to Lori (Mila Kunis), while best pal Ted (Seth MacFarlane) is now married to girlfriend Tami Lynn (Jessica Barth), the woman of his dreams. Problems arise when the couple decide to adopt a child, but the law declares Ted to be property and not a person. Angry and dejected, the foulmouthed teddy bear must now seek legal help from a young lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) and a legendary, civil-rights attorney (Morgan Freeman) to get the justice he deserves.
While it’s fair to say Ted 2 does not come close to the original, it is still an enjoyable and mostly funny sequel to the 2012 comedy hit. And yes, it is a huge improvement over Seth McFarlane’s previous film, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Those who’ve seen Ted or anything Seth McFarlane has been involved in will know that the guy has a perverse sense of humor that does not agree with everyone – I myself hate Family Guy – but when it works, it works and Ted 2 happens to be a movie where for the most part it works. A lot of the elements in the movie feel rehashed from the previous one and the movie has it’s fair share of cringe-inducing moments and like any McFarlane production it’s incredibly offensive but I was mostly able to look past these flaws because I was too busy laughing.
Once again the chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and McFarlane’s talking teddy bear works very well and the foul-mouthed interplay between the two characters is both funny and gives the film some much-needed fluency. Amanda Seyfried is a worthy addition to the cast in place of Mila Kunis and since McFarlane knows basically everyone in Hollywood it shouldn’t be a surprise to many that this movie has it’s fair share of cameo appearances which includes the likes of: Jay Leno, John Slattery, Tom Brady and even Liam Neeson’s Taken character, Bryan Mills. The movie does have a tendency to get annoying because at times the jokes do feel repetitive and forced while at other times McFarlane takes his pop-culture geeking out to the absolute max which, even for someone like me, who is a pretty big pop-culture geek gets annoying.
Ted 2 ain’t got shit on its predecessor but that said, it’s still a pretty fun and enjoyable film that I had a good time watching. I think it really comes down to how much of the low-brow, crude humor you can handle, if you don’t mind it then definitely watch this movie, otherwise chances are you might not like it.