In a bid, perhaps, to create an even more adult teddy bear than Jamie’s in The Pit, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s feature film is about a man whose boyhood wish that his stuffed toy bear would come to life comes true and stays with him into his couch potato adulthood (as depicted capably by Mark Wahlberg).  Ted, the teddy bear, ages along with him and grows up to be a pot-smoking sleaze and a chronically bad influence who endangers his buddy’s employment and, more threateningly, his love life and maturation.

Vulgar more often than actually funny, Ted nonetheless managed to make me laugh several times, but – even more successfully – is surprisingly touching as well.  I found myself wondering while watching Ted if this movie might have been better if it had gone the eccentric route of focusing more seriously on its characters’ problems rather than packing itself with 200 proof nastiness, scatological and over-the-top goofy spoofs, and mucho gratuitous 80s references.  At its heart, however, Ted does have something to say about a society in which neuroses and hang-ups are celebrated as norms, with grown, unmarried, irresponsible men occupying their aimless, underachieving lives with dope, pop culture obsessions, and video games.

Overall, slightly less amusing but more emotionally engaging than a typical Family Guy episode.  4 out of 5 fuzzy stars.

Ideological Content Analysis indicates that Ted is:

4. Anti-Christian

3. Drug-ambivalent

2. Anti-kid/family

1. Militantly un-p.c.