I have long concluded that there will never be a middle ground with writer/director Seth MacFarlane.
His “Family Guy” animated TV series on Fox is either brilliant or just plain revolting. His parodies of the “Star Wars” films using “Family Guy” characters was outstanding. Another episode of “Family Guy” comes up and I end up changing the channel.
His latest work is “Ted 2” which is the sequel to the 2012 film “Ted.” Ted, the foul-mouthed, beer-drinking teddy bear, is back along with his friend, the maturity-challenged John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg).
Ted is married and he and wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to adopt a child. Well, that process creates a problem for Ted when he’s declared property and not a person. Surprise. Surprise.
Ted and John get the help of a young, stoner lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to help them get Ted declared a person and the movie is a journey to get that resolved.
There are scenes in “Ted 2” which are in bad taste. John and Ted’s trip to the sperm bank comes to mind. But there are more really funny non-gross moments in “Ted 2” than “Ted.”
The scene where customer Liam Neeson is in Ted’s checkout line at the grocery store where he works and asking questions about buying Trix cereal is in running for a comedy classic. Tom Brady and Jay Leno are some of the other notables making cameos.
Another memorable scene is where Ted and John get into a fight over the last bottle of beer in the refrigerator.
“Ted 2” is never going to on one of my top 10 lists of greatest comedies of all time. But I left the theater this weekend having to wipe my eyes which were watering so much from laughing so hard and that’s always a good feeling when leaving the theater.
Rating — ** 1/2 stars
UNTIL NEXT TIME. . .