DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: June 29, 2012
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 106 min.
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Norah Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Warbuton

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following review contains discussion of mature subject matter. Parents please be advised.

Just when you think movies can’t possibly get any dumber, Hollywood goes and outdoes itself.

Case in point, Ted, the story of a 35-year-old slacker named John (Mark Wahlberg, Contraband) who, much to the chagrin of his successful girlfriend, refuses to part company with his bong-smoking best friend, Ted, a talking teddy bear.

Yeah, can’t you just picture the studio executives debating the merits of that particular storyline in a boardroom?

Even sadder, perhaps, is that whatever was said apparently worked because Seth MacFarlane (TV’s The Family Guy) was finally given the freedom to stretch the boundaries of good taste without any pesky television censors getting in the way.

In what’s essentially a bawdy object lesson in being careful what you wish for, the movie opens with the nine-year-old version of John, a gawky kid who wants nothing more than a friend to call his own. And since it’s Christmas, that magical time of year where kids often believe that anything is possible, John shoots for the moon. Since Ted is the only “friend” who has never let him down, he decides life would be even better if Ted was his living, breathing pal instead of a stuffed bear.

Cue the requisite Christmas miracle.

In the beginning, Ted actually makes a pretty good companion for a lonely kid like John. But when Ted enters adolescence and beyond, well, let’s just say he takes a turn for the vulgar. Now John’s partner in slackerdom, the twosome still spends practically every waking moment together, save for the few hours John clocks in at the local rental car company he works for. And when John’s not on the clock, their regular routine consists of playing video games, smoking pot, entertaining women of questionable morals, and of course, talking about sex in the crassest possible fashion.

If that wasn’t already enough male wish fulfillment for a guy in a state of perpetual arrested development, John has not only acquired the muscle-y brawn of the man formerly known as Marky Mark, but he’s also landed a girl who’s clearly out of his league to boot. In a relationship that belies all reason, Lori (Mila Kunis, Friends with Benefits) has put up with John’s immature shenanigans for almost four years now.

But on their actual anniversary of dating for the equivalent of an undergrad college experience, Lori suddenly wises up when she’s presented some bargain bin earrings instead of the engagement ring she was expecting. Questioning whether she and John actually have a future together (uh, no), Lori eventually issues him an ultimatum: Ditch the bear or kiss their relationship goodbye.