Ted is a movie about a man’s relationship with his talking teddy bear. It seems impossible that a movie with this subject matter could be any good, yet this movie proves that ridiculous premises can work when combined with good writing. This is a profane, yet witty and wonderful movie.
But there’s a catch.
While this film is full of hilarious situations and clever dialog, it is also incredibly irreverent and downright crude. More sensitive viewers will likely be overwhelmed by the constant profanity and upset by the casual drug use. Christianity is mocked as being irrational and petty, so more rigid believers will not be pleased. All of this is made all the more shocking as it is primarily played out by a fluffy, roly-poly stuffed animal.
Ultimately, it’s up to the viewer to decide if this film is palatable. Comedy has always stretched boundaries and questioned society’s conventions. It was true in the bawdy tales of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and it is still true today. I guess you have to be willing to get a few feathers wrinkled if you want to enjoy the big belly laughs that this film has to offer.
Spiritual Bottom Line: On the one hand, this movie is full of profanity and crude innuendo. On the other, it is hilariously funny. You decide if it’s right for you.
Quality Grade: A