Getting to Know “Ted 2” (2015)
“Ted 2” is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The film serves as a sequel to the 2012 film “Ted”, and it continues the adventures of the eponymous living teddy bear and his best friend, John Bennett.
As with the original film, “Ted 2” falls squarely within the comedy genre, with a storyline that revolves around the humorous antics of the main characters. The film combines elements of buddy comedy and surreal humor, with a fair dose of Seth MacFarlane’s signature comedic style.
Cast and Characters
The movie sees the return of Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a man who, in his childhood, wished his teddy bear to life. Seth MacFarlane lends his voice to Ted, the living teddy bear, and brings his uniquely crude and irreverent sense of humor to the character. The film also introduces Amanda Seyfried as Samantha Leslie Jackson, a lawyer who helps Ted in his legal troubles.
In “Ted 2”, after Ted marries his girlfriend, Tami-Lynn, from the first film, they decide to have a child. However, the authorities declare Ted to be property rather than a person, leading him to lose his job and have his marriage annulled. Ted, John, and their lawyer, Samantha, then embark on a journey to prove Ted’s personhood in a court of law, with plenty of comedic escapades along the way.
Direction and Screenplay
Seth MacFarlane returns as director, co-writer, and voice actor for the sequel. The film employs MacFarlane’s unique brand of humor, which includes pop culture references, satirical commentary, and occasionally crude jokes. The screenplay, penned by MacFarlane, Sulkin, and Wild, crafts a story that allows for both comedic situations and a more profound commentary on civil rights.
“Ted 2”, while packed with humor and comedy, also explores deeper themes such as civil rights and personhood, albeit in a lighthearted way. Fans of the original “Ted” and those who appreciate MacFarlane’s comedic style will likely find much to enjoy in this sequel. Despite its raunchy humor and adult themes, the film delivers a warm message about friendship and personal identity, wrapped in a series of hilarious scenarios.
Duration: 115 min.