Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane) ties the knot with Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), and recruits his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) as a sperm donor in order to start a family in this sequel to the comedy hit about a teddy bear come to life. Later, when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts demands that Ted appear before a judge to prove he's a real person, the frisky bear and his pal vow to fight for their civil rights. Morgan Freeman and Amanda Seyfried co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman.
Release Date: Jun 26, 2015
Rated: R for crude and Sexual Content, Pervasive Language, and Some Drug Use
Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min.
Ted 2 is a perfect example of diminishing returns on comedy sequels. That’s not to say that it’s not funny, it’s laugh out loud in parts, but it’s just not nearly as consistent as the original. Seth MacFarlane seems to sense that the novelty of a hard drinking, cussing teddy bear might be wearing thin so he tries to expound on the idea with the civil rights angle. I appreciate the attempt but it doesn’t work since the character is basically a living cartoon. As a result, there are lots of dead spots trying to flesh out the concept leaving the comedy on the side for a good portion of the ride. It’s a shame because if he stuck to what worked in the first film, it might have made for a funnier overall film. As is, Ted 2 is an overlong comedy sequel that’s quickly forgettable.