Ted (stylized as ted) is a 2012 American comedy film, directed, co-written and produced by Seth MacFarlane, who stars in it along with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. The supporting cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Stroup, and Patrick Warburton. The film is the feature-length directorial debut of MacFarlane, produced by Media Rights Capital, and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane (screenplay), Alec Sulkin (screenplay),
John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.
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Release Date: 29 June 2012 (USA)
Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
In 1985, near Boston, John Bennett is a lonely child who dearly wished for his new Christmas gift, a large teddy bear named Ted, to come to life to be his friend. That wish coincided with a falling star and Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) became a fully mobile sentient being. After John's parents (Alex Borstein and Ralph Garman) got over the shock, word of the miracle spread and Ted was briefly a celebrity.
In 2012, John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voiced and motion captured by Seth MacFarlane) are still staunch, if immature, companions enjoying a hedonistic life even while John is pursuing a 4 year-long relationship with a level-headed office worker, Lori Collins (Mila Kunis). As the fourth anniversary of their relationship approaches, Lori hopes to marry John, but she feels he can't move ahead with his life with Ted around, who has become a vulgar, obnoxious wastrel. John is resistant to making his lifelong companion leave, but he is finally persuaded that night to act when the couple discover Ted at home with four prostitutes, one of whom had defecated on the floor during a game of truth or dare.
John finds Ted his own apartment and a job at a grocery store where his grossly irresponsible behavior on the job manages to both get him promoted and acquainted with the superficial co-worker Tammy-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Regardless, Ted and John still spend most of their time together, which frustrates Lori when she discovers John has been skipping work to do so while using her for his excuses. Things start to come to a head when Lori and John are invited to a party put on by Lori's lecherous manager, Rex (Joel McHale), and Ted lures John away to a wild party at his apartment with the offer to meet Sam J. Jones (playing himself), the star of their favorite movie, Flash Gordon. Although John arrives with the intention of spending only a few minutes, he gets caught up in the occasion which goes completely out of control. Eventually, Lori discovers John there and breaks up with him in a rage. At that, John blames Ted for ruining his life and tells him to stay away.
Eventually, Ted and John confront each other about their ruined friendship and manage to reconcile after a destructive brawl in John's hotel room. To repair John's relationship with Lori, Ted arranges with an old lover, singer Norah Jones (playing herself), to help by having John express his love for Lori with a song during her concert. Although John's performance proves an embarrassment, Lori is touched by the attempt while being repelled by Rex's sneering of him. Later, Ted meets Lori at her apartment and explains that he was responsible for John's lapse and offers to leave them alone forever if she goes to at least speak with him. Lori is persuaded, but moments after she leaves, Ted is kidnapped by Donny (Giovanni Ribisi), a crazed stalker who idolized Ted as a child. Donny plans to make Ted the toy of his brutishly destructive son, Robert (Aedin Mincks).
Ted manages to distract Robert and reach a phone to contact John, but is soon recaptured. Realizing that Ted is in danger, John and Lori manage to find Donny's residence and chase him and Robert to rescue Ted. The chase leads to Fenway Park, where John manages to knock out Robert, but during the chase, Ted is damaged and falls onto the field torn completely in half. A police car arrives, forcing Donny to flee. As John and Lori gather his stuffing, Ted relays his wish that John be happy with Lori, as the magic that gives him life fades away.
Unable to accept his best friend's death, Lori and John return to her apartment to attempt to repair him, but it proves useless. That night, Lori, feeling profoundly guilty over her role in this tragedy, makes a wish on a falling star. The next morning, Ted is magically restored and the trio fully reconcile with Ted encouraging John and Lori to resume their relationship.
With that resolution, John and Lori are married and Ted comfortably accepts having a life of his own, with his misbehavior getting him somehow promoted to grocery store manager. John and Lori are married in a ceremony presided over by Sam Jones. Rex gives up his pursuit of Lori, goes into a deep depression, and dies of Lou Gehrig's disease. Sam Jones attempts to restart his career and moves into a studio apartment with Brandon Routh. Donny gets arrested for kidnapping a teddy bear, but the charges are dropped because they sound too silly. Robert loses a significant amount of weight and eventually becomes Taylor Lautner.
MacFarlane's directorial debut is a live-action effort, with computer animation handled by visual effects facilities Tippett Studio and Iloura. MacFarlane wrote the screenplay with his Family Guy colleagues Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. MacFarlane announced the movie in the February 10, 2011, episode of Conan.
Filming began in May 2011 in Boston and Swampscott, Massachusetts.
The film was set for a July 13, 2012, release in North America, but was pushed up to June 29 after the delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film is due to be released in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2012  and in Australia on July 5, 2012.
Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett
Mila Kunis as Lori Collins
Seth MacFarlane as Ted (voice and motion capture)
Giovanni Ribisi as Donny
Jessica Stroup as Tracy
Joel McHale as Rex
Jessica Barth as Tammy-Lynn
Patrick Warburton as Guy
Laura Vandervoort as Tanya Terry
Alex Borstein as Gina Bennett: John's Mom
Ralph Garman as Joe Bennett: John's Dad
Bretton Manley as Young John Bennett
Bill Smitrovich as Frank: Ted's boss
Tom Skerritt as Himself
Sam J. Jones as Himself
Norah Jones as Herself
Aedin Mincks as Robert
Ryan Reynolds as Jared (cameo)
Robert Wu as Asian Man "Ming"
John Viener as Alix
Zane Cowans as Young Ted (voice)
Patrick Stewart as Narrator
Tara Strong as Ted's "I Love You" Function
Mike Henry and Danny Smith (two of MacFarlane's fellow Family Guy writers) cameo as a Southern Newscaster and a Waiter, respectively.
The film has a 70% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 128 reviews, with an average score of 6.6/10, saying "Ted's 'romance versus bromance' plot is familiar, but the film's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script". Based on the top critics, the film holds a 64% "fresh" rating based on 36 reviews, with an average score of 6.4/10. Review aggregate Metacritic has given the film a weighted score of 62, based on 36 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Roger Ebert gave the film a 3.5/4 grade, citing the movie as "the best comedy screenplay so far [this year]", also praising the film on the fact that it "doesn't run out of steam".
On the other hand, A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Ted "boring, lazy and wildly unoriginal".
Nathan Rabin of The A. V. Club gave the film a B grade.
Brent McNight of Beyond Hollywood commented on the jokes, "Some of these jokes hit, some jokes miss, but [the film] provide[s] a few pleasant chuckles that sustain[s] you between the handful of bigger pieces that bring the house down".
TMZ reports that Ted has had a positive response among "plushophiles," or people with a plush toy fetish. A pornographic website aimed at "plushophiles" contacted Seth MacFarlane requesting permission to use the character of Ted as their mascot.
Budget: $38,700,000 (estimated)
Production Co: Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Fuzzy Door Productions See more »
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Runtime: 106 min
Sound Mix: SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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