I'm not sure why I was surprised when Ted 2 was announced. I honestly cannot explain why. Nor can I explain why I was surprised when I saw the trailer and realised Mark Wahlberg was in the film. Yet again, I just can't explain it. There seems to have been a lot of miscommunication going on. That or my skim reading of some news articles came to bite me on the butt. No matter what my surprises were, none of them can compare to the surprise I got walking out of Ted 2 thinking 'this film may have just topped the first movie.'
Ted 2 picks up three years after the first movie. Ted (Seth MacFarlane) just got married to the love of his life, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). John (Mark Wahlberg), his best bud since the day Ted came to life, couldn't be more happy for him, despite not quite being over his recent divorce. We then cut forward a year. Tami and Ted are having marriage troubles and John is a porn addict who refuses to try and fall in love again, but Ted and Tami decide to have a baby, hoping it'll bring their relationship back together. Things begin to look good again... or at least they do until the government tells Ted that he can't have a baby as he's legally property and not a person, and so begins a fight against the law with the help of amateur lawyer, Samantha L Jackson (Amanda Seyfried). There's also a sub-plot involving Donny (Giovanni Ribsi) from the first film in which he tries to kidnap Ted again, but let's not mention that because that plot was a complete waste of time.
Ted 2 is just what you expect it to be. It's a hilarious romp from start to finish with Seth McFarlane's typical humour, so take that comment as you will. I really enjoy his humour. Sure, he always pushes it too far every now and again, and there's certainly a joke or two that definitely didn't need to be made in this film, but they're there and there's nothing we can do about it. For the most part, however, Ted 2 works really well. It's a laugh out loud cinema experience that quite possibly is funnier than the first film. We'll see. I'll sleep on it.
While the film does contain numerous poop jokes, although less so than the first film, there are some incredibly witty moments, as well as a countless amount of pop culture references and homages. Some of the references are bound to go over the untrained audience member's head, I know one of my friend certainly didn't get what they were joking about at one moment, but they're always hilarious, a homage to Jurassic Park in particular. That, along with the one scene with Liam Neeson, are probably the two funniest moments in the film. Maybe. There were a lot of hysterical scenes to choose from...
On top of the humour, Ted 2 also has a surprising amount of heart. Like several films before it, Ted 2 occasionally deals with what it means to be human, the importance of friendship and many other themes that naturally bring with it an emotional side. I'm not at all saying that Ted 2 is a tear jerker, but I am saying that it's a step above most stoner comedies, and probably most modern comedies in general. It actually cares about being a good film, rather than another cash grab of a sequel.
That being said, the film is also twenty minutes too long, featuring so many sub plots that just didn't need to be there. The film is nearing on two hours and it really doesn't need to be as long as it is. It easily could've been shorter, the previously mentioned plot involving Donny being the main contender. It didn't fit in with the rest of the film, and it's all too similar to the sub-plot with him in the first movie. They're practically identical, even following a slightly similar, although somewhat changed storyline. But I guess you could describe the whole film as being predictable so what am I really saying?
To sum up, Ted 2 is more of the same. It's inconsistent and predictable, but it's surprisingly got a heart and is trying to say a thing or two, plus it's absolutely hysterical as well, which is a plus.
3 1/2 Stars