• Written by Tony Pinto

‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation

The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.”

The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend.

This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam Jones of “Flash Gordon” fame.

For those who have seen the first, they will know the “Flash Gordon” bit is a rehash from the original. They recycle a lot from the first film and will probably recycle a lot for the third film. It’s coming even though it won’t be needed or wanted.

© 2015 – Universal Pictures. Still of Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried in “Ted 2” (2015).© 2015 – Universal Pictures. Still of Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried in “Ted 2” (2015).

Pinto-Tony Popcorn-PicksBack to this film: we don’t see marital bliss between Ted and Tami-Lynn, we see a crumbling marriage that needs saving. What is the most overplayed way to save a marriage? That, of course is to have a baby.

Obviously, a Teddy bear can’t physically have a baby, which writer-director Seth MacFarlane acknowledges with many crude and distasteful jokes. Some are actually funny, while some are just plain horrendous.

After medical reasons stop them from having a baby, they decide to adopt. That leads to the main storyline of the film, which is to legalize Ted. Apparently, Ted has no legal rights and is considered a possession.

The premise of the film is John and Ted trying to get Ted his legal rights so he can adopt a child. The two find a fresh law school graduate in Samantha Leslie Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) to help them sue the government. She’s free and a pothead, so she’s perfect for them. The best joke of the film has to do with Sam’s name and it won’t be ruined here.

A lot happens, but none of it’s actually important. For all practical purposes, an actual plot structure is non-existent. That’s actually perfectly fine, for this mindless summer blockbuster that’s best suited for drunken frat boys.

It also has Morgan Freeman playing a civil rights lawyer. Maybe Morgan Freeman really needs money and that’s why he chose to do this film. He does a fine job in his role but this is not a film he should be in.

Aside from the many pot jokes (maybe a high would make some of these jokes funnier), there are also a lot of racial, sex, and sexual preference jokes. Most of them seem to get reused throughout the film, which makes the film a little draggy.

It’s a funny film up to a certain point and then you start to see the same gags being played over again. Even this writer who is in the demographic of males age 18 to 35 the movie covets, got tired of the humor used throughout.

Where Seth MacFarlane fails the most is that this is a film for one demograhic and one demo only. If you’re not the right demo (most of us are not), this is an easy film to pass on and even if you are the right demo you still might want to pass it up.

—Tony Pinto’s grade C