Review: TED 2

The Thunder Buddies are back!

The last time we saw John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voiced by Seth McFarlane), it looked like they would live happily ever after. Since then John has split from Lori (Mila Kunis) but it does look like Ted may get his happy ending as the film starts with Ted’s marriage to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).

However, it’s not all smooth sailing, as months into the marriage, all Tami-Lynn and Ted are doing is fighting. Do you know what will save the marriage? Adopting a child of course! This couldn’t be further from the truth – the adoption could be the beginning of the end for this couple as Ted has to prove to the world he is not just a piece of property – he is in fact a person just like the rest of us.

The original Ted was that, original! It was laugh out loud funny and fresh. All the loose ends were tied up at the end of the film, the jokes were made and the song was sung – there really was no reason to come back. The problem is that it made lots of money at the box office – so obviously it needed to come back for more, right? Wrong!

The original felt effortless – this film felt like it was trying far too hard. Being crude, for crude’s sake.

Not even the actors seem excited to be back. Mark Wahlberg looks like he is ringing in his performance and is only there for his next massive paycheck.

As for his co-star Amanda Seyfried, she is OK but I don’t understand why Mark Wahlberg can’t be attracted to someone even close to his age!

Many unnecessary cameos are thrown in. From Jay Leno to Jimmy Kimmel and, the strangest cameo of all, from our very own, Liam Neeson.

Stranger than the Liam Neeson cameo is the fact that this film also tries to serve as a public service announcement. Its message – human rights should be respected (I agree with this, but didn’t expect to be getting this lesson from a crude, loud mouthed teddy bear).

The only saving grace of this film is the last third. If only the whole film was as funny and pacy as this – it would have made for a worthwhile trip to the cinema.

If you are missing your favourite, loud mouthed Ted, look elsewhere – you’re not going to find him here.

2/5

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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