TED (MacFarlane) | ★★
Analysis of Ted may depend largely on one’s appreciation for Seth MacFarlane’s previous work. The humor in Ted doesn’t stray from that of Family Guy with its crudeness, obscure pop culture references, and occasional fantasy sequences. The difference here is that MacFarlane intends to inject a genuine emotional connection to his characters.
Unfortunately, this viewer hasn’t cared much for MacFarlane’s brand of humor, and Ted won’t change that. The film has a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, but the script is frustratingly hit or miss. The biggest miss, however, is not its comedy but its plot. MacFarlane strings the jokes together with a rote story that fails to captivate. Even an ill-advised, dark turn heading into the third act can’t hide its by-the-numbers thematic development.