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Monday, December 31, 2012

Review: Ted the Movie

Two guys are lifelong friends and roommates, but then one of them gets a girlfriend and the other is forced to move out. This sounds like a tired, cliched plot of a romantic comedy, except in Ted's case, the roommate is a talking, walking teddy bear who's been with John Bennett since he was 8. My brother told me about the movie, and the trailer made me want to see it, even though the biggest problem with movie trailers is that they essentially show the best parts of the movie, leaving you watching the movie composed of the less interesting parts.

Well, there's some of that going on, and the movie seemed loosely edited without the feel of the tight pacing required to keep you from one laugh to another. Ted, however, looks great, and moves realistically, if such is possible for an animated Teddy bear. The plot while cliched, is a lot of fun. It's a pity the dialog doesn't live up to the plot, actors, and characters --- they almost always feel forced.

For $1.99, however, I felt like I enjoyed the movie enough to recommend it. Just don't go in expecting it to be great. But hey, if you ever grew up talking to your stuffed animals, you should watch it.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing Piaw! I had high expectations for this movie after one of the guys I work with at DISH told me about it, but in the end I didn’t think it was that great either. It did have its funny moments, but to me it wasn’t funny enough to spend the money to purchase it. I rented it with my Blockbuster @Home package through DISH instead and watched it from the comfort of my living room. Thankfully I saved my money not seeing it in theaters, and I didn’t have to go brave the cold to rent it any other way!