Seth MacFarlane's feature length debut had me in stitches. I wanted to see this since I first heard about it being a fan of Family Guy and American Dad. The story starts with an eight year old boy receiving a teddy bear for Christmas, and wishes it would come to life. Sure enough, his wish comes true. They become the best of friends. The story moves into present day where John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (Seth MacFarlane) are grown up, but don't act grown up. John's impatient girlfriend Laurie (Mila Kunis) pretty much gives him an ultimatum, her or Ted.
Great performances from Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis along with a good supporting cast featuring Joel McHale, Patrick Wharburton and some interesting cameos all rounded up with narration from Sir Patrick Stewart in his Shakespearean dignified tone. Of course, Seth MacFarlane does a good job providing the voice of Ted, even though it's essentially him doing his Peter Griffin voice. Ted, the bear himself blends well with the real environment. The CGI is not cheap or crummy looking and everyone in the film treats Ted like an equal human being despite the fact that he is a teddy bear. Another staple in the Family Guy world.
The film was promoted as a raunchy comedy and yes it is raunchy with the jokes and style of humor that seen throughout MacFarlane's work, but it's a lot more than that. It really is a good buddy film. It reminded me the importance of friendship and people will come into your life and you learn to adapt and devote equal time to the people that matter to you the most. Friendship is one of the most important things we have in our lives.
This movie is definitely for fans of Family Guy, but even if you don't like Family Guy, this is an all around great comedy. A lot of people I saw in theaters don;t look like people who watch Family Guy, but they sure as hell were getting a kick out of this film. This is a film that will keep you laughing all the way home.