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:: Ted

When a film has the power to have a whole audience in stitches, reduce three to have asthma attacks and have another claim they wet themselves you know that you are onto a comedy that achieves its aim. That is exactly what happened at the first screening of Ted in Melbourne. From the pen of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane comes Ted the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) a man who as a boy wished that his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) could talk.

In a Christmas miracle Ted to begin talk and soon became a celebrity but as the years went by his star begin to fade and he turned into a foul-mouthed, bad tempered teddy bear. Now John is faced with a challenge get rid of his life-long buddy or risk losing his beautiful girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis). Meanwhile Lori’s boss Rex (Joel McHale) is making a play for Lori while Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) is hell-bent on stealing Ted for his creepy son.

MacFarlane’s pen takes Ted into all kinds of areas of ‘wrong’ humor yet you can’t help but laughing at all of them – he certainly takes hold of the old saying ‘if you’re going to offend someone, offend everyone’. To be blunt MacFarlane has actually created one of the funniest scripts of all time… it’s crass but still high brow.

Lots of filmmakers have promised that their romantic comedy is going to be a ‘rom com with a difference’ but they nearly always end up following the same formula as all the ones before it, but Ted is the one that bucks that trend. Yes it has a foul-mouthed teddy bear but at the end the day this is a romance that is basically a girlfriend asking a boyfriend to change… but it’s the creative way that MacFarlane does it that makes it a winner.

The other big winners from Ted are Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. Both continue to show that they have the skills to make a comedy funny while they are brilliantly supported by the likes of Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton who all benefit from the fact that MacFarlane realises the importance of support characters.

Ted is a sensational comedy that will have you laughing from start to finish. Just remember if your asthmatic to take along your ventolin and if required pack your pads.