I have recently watched "TED", the motion picture, co-produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane, also the producer of the hit TV animation "Family Guy" and voice of "Peter Griffin" and other characters of the show. I thought the film was hilarious and amazing for a debut feature-length film.
MacFarlane's performance as "Ted" was amazing and I would recommend the film to anyone over the age of 15 as there is strong language and some adult scenes.
MacFarlane used the voice of "Peter Griffin" (Family Guy) to bring Ted to life. Even though he did not create new vocals for this new character, it was a performance to be admired because of the way that he has created and brought "Ted" to life using his past works and experiences.
The story starts off with a lonely young boy, John Bennett, who gets a teddy bear for Christmas who he typically names "Teddy". Teddy becomes John's best and only friend. John makes a wish for Teddy to be real so that he could talk to him and tell him anything. Unknowingly, John makes the wish just as a star shoots across the sky, making the wish come true.
When John wakes in the morning to find that his teddy bear is alive he can't believe his eyes. From this point on Ted follows John throughout his life, living every moment with him.
For me the plot line of the story is very touching as it shows that no matter how old John gets he still needs his best friend, even if he is a teddy bear. In one aspect, some may find this a childish and immature story line and to some extent that it true, but for me it's not that his best friend is a teddy bear, it's that ted stayed with him when he had no friends and helped him through life to the present day. This is what I found most touching through all the hilarity of the film, the fact that John is still best friends with Ted even though he has grown up.
I also thought that the performance of Mark Wahlberg, as John Bennett, was amazing as he shows all the aspects of a man that is still hanging onto his childhood friendship with a teddy bear. one aspect of his character is fully committed to his girlfriend, Lori, played by Mila Kunis. The other aspect of his character is still an immature teenager who enjoys getting stoned and hanging out with his best bud.