Ted is a brilliant concept, but I needed more to love from this teddy bear. It’s got a great buddy movie premise. Two pot smoking, slacker, 30-something pals are best of friends. Along comes a girl and one of them must choose between his old fun life and what could be his new grown up life. Except in this case, one of the buddies is a live Teddy Bear.
Mark Wahlberg is John, who’s dating Lori (Mila Kunis) and remains best friends with Ted (Seth McFarlane.) John has to decide whether advance his relationship with Lori, and how his childhood teddy bear can fit in.
You quickly get past the fact that the bear is accepted as normal in society. McFarlane is so good a bringing voices to life, you forget that it’s a bear that’s interfacing with humans. A great concept, but where do you go from there? You give the bear a Boston sized attitude and a mouth that begs to be washed out with soap.
The Boston backdrop allows for some fun with accents and personalities, but the body of this movie is lacking comedy. The over the top anti PC one-liners are entertaining. The Jason Bourne style fight between an athletic man and a two foot teddy bear is amusing. The laughs largely come through Ted’s dialogue.
If you took out the drugs, language and some of the bad behavior, you actually have a pretty solid kid’s movie here. Something along the lines of A Christmas Story. Apologies to any parents out there. Don’t take the kids to this one, it earns the hard R Rating. There’s some light adventure, there’s jokes and there’s a cute fuzzy stuffed animal. It’s got heart.
I think Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane is a genuine comedic talent. He consistently brings the funny, but it’s usually on TV in a 22 minute format. There were portions of Ted that made me laugh out loud, like when Ted’s irreverently bad behavior somehow gets him ahead at his grocery job. There were scenes that I just watched with a smile, and then there was the other hour and half.
Small note to Flash Gordon fans, (are there any out there?) The homage paid to the sci-fi film seemed offset by an irreverent party scene involving a lot of drugs. It seemed a bit out of place.
Incorrect Guesses: played golf, buy a car, plastic surgery, play cards, go hunting, grocery shopping, joined a fitness club, take out the garbage, quit their job, saw a therapist, retired, called a radio station, go to a hard rock concert, go deaf, get a tattoo
Another Fourth of July picnic pleaser! The homemade "chips" are crisp and chewy, right out of the oven. And the dip is divine with all the garlic and seasonings. You can substitute cannellini beans for the garbanzo beans if you prefer.
1 can (15-1/2 oz) garbanzo beans (also called chick peas!), rinsed and drained
1/3 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh parsley sprigs
1/4 tsp each salt and coarsely ground pepper
4 whole pita breads
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp each salt and coarsely ground pepper
Place the first seven ingredients in a smooth processor; cover and process until smooth. For pita chips, cut each pita bread into eight wedges; place on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Bake at 400 for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with dip.
Study says women do THIS the most between the ages of 20 and 23.
Incorrect Guesses: get married, change hair styles, travel, date different guys, drink, diet and exercise, change jobs, get engaged, buy their first house, leave home, get a tattoo, get implants, graduate college, sleep, gain weight, beep beep, wear thong underwear, wear dresses, wear a garter belt, wear black
I did quite enjoy seeing Scott and Heather squirm as I read this story this morning. It's a real thing, but I honestly can't see anyone outside of geeky scientists doing it.
Will sniffing a T-Shirt of a prospective partner help you find love?
So called Pheromone Parties have met some success in parts of the country. Guests are asked to bring a T-shirt they’ve slept in, and then you pick a partner based on scent.
There is some science involved. Research studies using similar T-shirt experiments have shown that people prefer different human scents than our own…and our immune response — which researchers say is nature's way of preventing inbreeding and preserving genetic adaptations developed over time.