by Karin McKie

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday December 28, 2012


Seth MacFarlane should be a stand-up comedian, but instead he packs his random, scatological but usually hilarious, cultural observations into his first real-person feature "Ted," set in Beantown, and starring Mila Kunis, other "Family Guy" favorites, and even singer Norah Jones.

It's a hoot to be able to say and reference whatever comes to mind, weaving together the thought-provoking through-line of a boy who wishes his Teddy Bear alive. Ted gets animated, becomes a celeb, then grows up and settles down to a dope-smoking, hooker-having adulthood with his childhood pal John, played by Mark Wahlberg. The pair, like me, also has an unhealthy obsession with the kitschy, cult classic film "Flash Gordon" (Sam Jones has a flowing blond hair cameo).

Among an overabundance of fart jokes, some gems emerge, like a type of pot called "This is Permanent," an awful singer that's still "better than Katy Perry," and a beer named "Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit." A karaoke lesson in 90s, Hootie and the Blowfish-type singing advises "using all vowels," and a slew of other references pop up, including Peter Griffin, T.J. Hooker, Pink Floyd, "Indiana Jones," "Star Wars," "Diff'rent Strokes, and even Lance Armstrong's nut.

This collection of Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and Ultraviolet copies contains unrated, as well as theatrical, versions of the film, plus commentary by MacFarlane, Wahlberg, and co-writer Alec Sulkin. There's also "Ted: The Making Of," a gag reel, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and "Teddy Bear Scuffle" - a behind-the-scenes look at how the team choreographed and shot a complex fight scene between John and Ted in a hotel room. It's wicked awesome.


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Karin McKie is a writer, educator and activist at KarinMcKie.com