Very Funny and, Oddly, Touching.
Ted is surprisingly fresh and consistently funny. Wahlberg and Kunis win points for being unafraid to be silly and some of the film's best scenes are created from their enthusiasm for the material. Besides a few awesome cameos (which I won't spoil,) the film's real star, of course, is Ted, a character whose mere appearance conjures up sympathy, despite the vulgar things that pour out of his mouth. Somehow, the film's conclusion even pulls at the heartstrings, touching on themes of nostalgia and friendship. My one complaint is that, like with most McFarlane projects, the script is occasionally too smart for its own good and some jokes feel like rejects from the Family Guy writing sessions - one-liners or comedic observations that don't really flow organically with the story. Still, as a debut directing gig, Ted is a very strong first entry for Seth McFarlane and a blast from start to finish.