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Film Watch - 279. Ted

Published November 30, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: Ted Director: Seth MacFarlane Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 46m

Background Info

So… I love bears, and I like the teddy versions as well, but I’m not so comfortable with too much crudeness. The trailer for this confused me greatly, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to watch it or not! I knew there would be epic cuteness, but also… this is a bear that does drugs and swears and god knows what else. In the end, cuteness won out.

Live Blog

0:35 - I do so love the new Universal logo. 2:39 - That is a wicked cute bear. The squeezy voice isn’t right though! 6:08 - Just like the baby Jesus. Not for long, I think! 8:57 - Mark Wahlberg doing the eighties is just a bit too close to reality! 11:25 - Special bear pedals! 12:21 - “That’s my bad, I was sending a tweet.” 16:27 - I want a bear that watches Flash Gordon and also discusses the economy. 20:32 - There should never be any ultimatums between peoples and bears. 26:57 - Mr C loves a good film in film reference, and there have already been far too many! 30:02 - Bear in a suit! 33:47 - Bear carrying a box! I don’t think I can take much more of this. 40:03 - “Ikea kitted the whole place out for $47.” 48:31 - The Boston accent is something else. 52:11 - No one said I would have to watch Flash Gordon as prep for this. 55:02 - Bear doing karaoke! 1:00:03 - “I was going to stop in for five minutes and then Flash Gordon…” 1:05:55 - Bear rage! 1:06:43 - It’s a bear, how hard can his punches be? 1:09:21 - Actual Norah Jones! 1:17:59 - We appear to have ourselves a case of bearnapping. 1:25:04 - I must admit I did not expect there to be a car chase in this. 1:31:19 - “She’s your thunder buddy now.” 1:33:16 - Even in his regular bear state, he’s the cutest thing ever. 1:39:45 - I like the character wrap up to the stylings of Queen in the background.

Conclusions

What I hadn’t anticipated, in amongst all my ponderings about what the film would be like, is that it’s freakishly funny. Sure there’s a lot of stuff that I am too prudish to get, and there are references that go over my head, but even with all that, there’s still enough funny to the point I couldn’t breath. The bear is as cute as expected, you might have got that from the above. I didn’t really like the sad bit, for obvious reasons, but it all works out okay in the end. Loved it.

**Rating: **55

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