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.