I didn’t expect much out of the first Ted. I think Seth MacFarlane is immensely talented, but I’d outgrown Family Guy’s humor years earlier and I never got into American Dad. But Ted came on TV one day and I sat down to watch it — and I loved it. There was something freeing about seeing Seth MacFarlane in his element (read: an R-rated movie as opposed to a cartoon on Fox), and the team-up between Ted and Mark Wahlberg was adorably irresistible.
When they announced the (inevitable) Ted 2, I was cautiously optimistic. (Then I saw A Million Ways to Die in the West, and most of that hope was lost.) I didn’t expect it to be as good as the first, but I was hopeful it’d be entertaining.
And for the most part, it is! It’s dumb and pretty mediocre, but there’s a lot of funny here. It’s not the funniest movie of the year, but if you loved the first Ted, there’s a lot you’ll find to like here. Much of Ted 2 is basically a road movie, and it takes the dynamic between Ted and Walhberg from the first and adds in the delightful Amanda Seyfried.
One of the biggest problems with Ted 2 is the same thing that plagued A Million Ways to Die in the West: overlength. We already have Judd Apatow making 2 1/2 hour comedies (that are far superior) — we don’t need another filmmaker making overlong comedies. Keep your movies tight and keep the jokes flowing. Ted 2 is enjoyable and a lot of people will find things to love, but because the first is better and there’s a ton of other funny stuff out there right now, I’d say that Ted 2 is not worth your time.