This flick caught this critic by surprise, from the cameos, jokes and cultural references. In 1985, John's parents (Alex Borstein and Ralph Garman) give a teddy bear for Christmas. John names him Ted and wishes he were alive. Presently, John (Mark Wahlberg) lives with his long time loyal girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) and Ted. Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) tries to buy Ted for his son. The premise of having a Teddy Bear come to life is difficult, the writer-director (in which this reviewer admittedly enjoys the humor of the TV show created by the Director) made it engaging from the very beginning. Best lines: Narrator - "But eventually, everyone grows up." Ted - "Okay. All right. So that's where we'll draw the line."
Very funny with enough touching moments in the end, though it could have used more humor in the near conclusion, better background characters and length (if only the notoriety of Ted were lessened and scenes with the boss of Lori) were cut down, which keeps this rater from giving it a perfect score. Screenplay is its strength aside from the convincing acting of Wahlberg and the impressive CGI (from the shadow movements, fight scene with John and expression on the eyes in the final scenes). Soundtrack was applicable while the references from the 80's (Knight Rider, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, etc.) to the lousy actors of today were part of the comical moments, which was hilarious as well. Ted is an innovative fresh comedy on maturity, friendship, wishes, sacrifice and childhood obsession.