Seth MacFarlane has made a career out of going seemingly beyond the pale with animation and trying to shock as many people as he can. Family Guy, after being given the chop by its network, managed to claw its way back and it’s now a regular fixture on TV. So when I went to see Ted, his film starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, it was going to be interesting to see if he could maintain his own brand of shock humour for ninety minutes. Ted is the story of John Bennett (Wahlberg) who made a wish as a young boy for his teddy bear to come to life but the problem is that Benett’s a man in his thirties now and his teddy bear has become this degraded, potty-mouthed pervert who he can’t seem to shake. Ted is as over-the-top and as foul-mouthed as Family Guy and MacFarlane as the voice of Ted shows his talent for crude humour and Kunis (from Family Guy) as Bennett’s long-suffering girlfriend Lori Collins shows that she continues to be a talented comic actress, whether as voice talent or when we see her on screen. There isn’t much of a plot here, but you didn’t really think there would be, did you? Ted is filthy fun and Wahlberg shows he does have a little bit of a talent for comedy, so maybe it’s something he should do a little more often and MacFarlane’s Ted is a likeable comic creation. It’s a refreshing antidote to the hordes of maudlin kid’s films that flood the market each year and it’s filled with enough slightly uncomfortable laughs to pass ninety minutes in a pleasant way…

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