Yes-I admit it. I saw the movie Ted, the infantile, comedy with Mark Walhberg, Mila Kunis, and the voice of Seth McFarlane as Ted. Unless you just arrived from three months on the moon, you probably know that Ted is the story of a grown man who has a teddy bear who talks. I know this seems totally not my style, but it was 95 degrees out, and I’m trying to stay busy while keeping cool and out of the sun.

Anyway, this movie is a hoot! I can’t remember when I laughed so much at a movie. It is chock full of cultural references, and I’m sure I missed plenty of them. It’s also chock full of well known actors  in very small roles-Norah Jones, Giovanni Ribisi, Bill Smitrovich, and Tom Skerritt to name a few.

So-the story goes like this. When John Bennett (Wahlberg) was a little boy, he received a teddy bear for Christmas. Before going to bed, he wished that his bear were alive. Upon awakening, he saw that his wish had come true. And Ted became his best friend. And instead of keeping this magical bear a secret, he let everyone know. In a truly hysterical scene, Ted even appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Well, now John is all grown with a girlfriend named Lori (Kunis). The only problem is, Ted is still his best friend. They get high together, drink beer, and are generally slackers. Lori of course wants more from the 35 year old John and tries to convince him to grow up and be less involved with Ted and more involved with her.

If you are ready for a good laugh and are not easily offended by scatological humor, sexual and other stereotypes, and four letter words, go see Ted and have fun.


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