December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

May 10, 2013

Ted (2012)

When it's over, crude language, juvenile antics, and silly behaviour make for a surprisingly original film. Ted (voice provided by the writer, Seth MacFarlane) is a foul mouthed teddy bear who comes to life and becomes his owner’s, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), best friend. Their inseparable friendship is tested when Lori (Mila Kunis) enters John’s life. I thought this film was going to be another senseless, brainless, waste of time, but as the story developed with plenty of unexpected teddy bear mischief, I couldn’t help but find the nonsense rather fun. Ted really is the star of the show. His bad boy behaviour in pint size furry form was hilarious. If you’re an 80’s fan, then you’ll love the fixation this film has on the 80's, making plenty of references to films and music to support the period. There are lots of stereotypes, both with women and men, plus ethnic races, but doesn't insult the targeted group. Not often does a combination of absurd scenes, including a fist fight between man and teddy bear, mold together to produce something funny. I can’t recall having seen all these elements in one film, with an added car chase, some paranormal activity, and a psycho kid. Also boosting the film’s overall appeal are cameo roles from musician Norah Jones, Tom Skerritt, and Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon TV series - US/British 1980's), with narration by Patrick Stewart. This film may not be for everyone, but if you can get through the vulgarity, it will be worth viewing. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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