** out of ****
A comedian’s job is to entertain people. They’re are rude, crude, mean, nasty, make fun of other people, complain about life, you get the idea. But their job is to entertain.
A movie on the other hand is to enlighten, educate, stimulate its audience but should still be entertaining and not boring. There are movies which have been provocative, dramatic, horror, Sci-Fi, slapstick, intrigue, and everything else under the sun. Ted 2 is more of the latter.
Unlike the original Ted, a movie about a teddy bear who comes to life in the real world, Ted 2 is supposedly the continuation on the theme and based on the first movie.
However that’s where this movie varies dramatically.
Ted 2 is based upon the old vaudeville, slapstick, one-liner, gags, insult shtick that comedians use in their routines. They make fun of everything and nothing is off limits.
Seth McFarlane, who directed both films, along with his writing collaborators, Alex Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, must’ve been a big fan of the old vaudeville days, slapstick routines, comedy films and the list goes on. They’ve replicated gags from old Abbot & Costello, Charlie Chaplin, Little Rascal films and added a whole group of new ones based on the same theme. In fact, the even added a Busby Berkley musical number that’s not to be missed.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting this film down. I actually liked the film. There are some great scenes (which I can’t give away) but you’ll be laughing throughout most of the movie. What one scene has to do with another is not very important. Here’s what’s in the Roux. White trash, foul language, insults, bullying, drugs, etc. In fact, there’s so much foul language that if you were to remove the ‘F’ word, the film would be 20 minutes shorter. These are loads of major Hollywood stars who appear in this movie either making fun of the situation or themselves. There’s one scene which is both timely and hysterical but due to my oath as to not give away the plot or scenes, I can’t tell you about it but if you read one of my recent movie review you may guess which one.
Henny Youngman, Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Hope, were the King’s of One-Liners. Seth McFarlane attempts to walk in their footsteps which he’s able to pull off. If you like this type of humor, you’ll like this film. I’m a big fan of this humor having grown up all around it so I thoroughly enjoyed it. As far as a movie goes, it’s not much substance, but if you like gag reels, slapstick, one liners, etc., this movie is for you!
And with many of these types of movies today, in order to make you stay thru the credits, they add a Zinger reel at the end. Make sure you don’t miss this one. It’s a doozie.