** out of 4-stars
A comedian's job is to entertain people. They're 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 that have been provocative, dramatic, horror, Sci-Fi, slapstick, full of 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 and insult shtick that comedians use in their routines. They make fun of everything and nothing is off limits. Seth MacFarlane, who directed both films, along with his writing collaborators, Alec 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 Abbott and Costello, Charlie Chaplin and The Little Rascals films, and added a whole group of new ones based on the same theme. In fact, he even added a Busby Berkeley 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. There are loads of major Hollywood stars that appear in this movie, either making fun of the situation or themselves. There's one scene that is both timely and hysterical, but due to my oath to not give away the plot or scenes, I can't tell you about it. But if you read one of my recent movie reviews, you may guess which one.
Henny Youngman, Rodney Dangerfield and Bob Hope were the kings of one-liners. Seth MacFarlane 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 through the credits, they add a zinger reel at the end. Make sure you don't miss this one. It's a doozie.