Rated R


Lewd, raunchy and full of risqué situations, “Ted 2” is a hysterical movie fantasy, but not for the faint of heart. It is great for adults who need a good chuckle and don’t mind foul language. It has earned its R rating in spades for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use

As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life in “Ted”. Now, in “Ted 2” Ted is a married man and Ted and his wife Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to adopt a baby, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.

Mark Wahlberg has returned as John Bennett, a divorced man who has not been attracted to a woman for years since his divorce from Lori. Amanda Seyfried stars as Ted’s lawyer and John’s new love interest. Jessica Barth plays Ted’s wife. Seth MacFarlane voices Ted. The film is peppered with cameos from Jay Leno, Liam Neeson, Tom Brady and Morgan Freeman. Giovanni Ribisi is back as the villainous Donny.

Besides starring in the film, Seth MacFarlane co-wrote and directed “Ted 2”. Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, writers from the television series “Family Guy,” co-wrote the film with MacFarlane.

I screened this film Tuesday night at Wehrenberg’s Ronnie’s 20 Cine in South St. Louis. Talking with audience members after the film, I found that many people liked this sequel better than “Ted” Only one person I interviewed liked “Ted” better than “Ted 2”. Most thought “Ted 2” was funny and worth the price of admission. I found myself laughing out loud throughout this bawdy film. One young man who was sitting next to me thought “Ted 2” is the best movie he has seen all year. He said he was going to come back and see it again this weekend because he was laughing so hard he missed some of the lines.

If you liked “Ted” then “Ted 2” is the movie for you. If you were offended by “Ted,” stay home; you’re going to hate “Ted 2.” I think this is going to be one of the big summer blockbusters.

“Ted 2” opens Friday at both AMC Showplace Edwardsvile 20 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.