Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 106 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 17+. Lots of drugs and drinking; numerous jokes about those activities, as well as crude sexual talk and jokes about farting/feces/homosexual relationships/Judaism/rape/Sept. 11/etc.; implied sexual situations; a topless woman; and an impressive amount of cursing. Teens who like “Family Guy” will want to see its creator’s first film, but “Ted” is not, in any way, kid-friendly.
‘Ted’ stars a pot-smoking, hard-drinking, womanizing teddy bear who never wants to grow up and never wants to lose his best friend. What’s that, you say? Why yes, ‘Ted’ is a disappointingly stereotypical combination of every buddy comedy ever—and that stuffed animal gimmick gets tired, fast.
By Roxana Hadadi
Man has Best Friend. Man has Girlfriend. Girlfriend makes Man choose between Best Friend and Girlfriend—whatever will he do?! Swap in that “Best Friend” for a pot-smoking, womanizing stuffed animal, and you have “Ted,” the directorial debut of Seth MacFarlane, the creator of animated TV juggernaut “Family Guy.” If you expected MacFarlane’s small-screen mix of wit, crassness, and satire to cross over well into the big screen, you were wrong. “Ted” is just another buddy comedy with a lot of drug use, nothing new at all.