Ted: offensive comedy at its very best

Coming to Irish cinemas next week we have McFarlane’s Ted, a goofy, quirky and infectiously funny bromance about an ordinary guy and his extraordinary friend.

Sick of being the kid who can’t make friends, eight-year-old John Bennett wishes that his teddy bear were real. In true fairytale fashion, complete with shooting stars and gap tooth smiles, little John Bennett’s wish comes true. At first Ted the talking teddy bear is a celebrity, appearing on television chat shows and loved by parents and children the world over. All too soon however, in the words of Seth McFarlen “everybody stopped giving a shit”.

Fast forward 27 years and we see John (Mark Wahlberg) desperately trying to juggle his girlfriend (Mila Kunis) and his best friend (Ted) as they share an apartment in the big city of Boston. Hilarity ensues.

From the very beginning, you can tell this is a Seth McFarlen production. His very unique, very offensive, style of comedy is both hilarious and slightly awkward. Fans of Family Guy (McFarlen’s hit TV animation series) will love it unconditionally, but a more reserved audience will hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. As such, Ted has, predictably enough, garnered some pretty mixed reviews.

Personally, I absolutely loved it. I thought it was original, random and deliciously unapologetic. Some of the jokes were a little childish and awkward, but these were few and far between. Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable movie with a good few sidesplittingly funny moments that you just can’t help but laugh at.

If you think it’s your kind of humor, then it probably is. But if you can’t find the funny side to jokes about racism, drug abuse and having sex with vegetables, you should probably give it a miss.

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