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'Ted 2' is a step down from first film
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Ted, a teddy bear that's been wished to life, is just one of the guys in this series of movies. - photo by Studio photo

“Ted 2” might be considered something of a disappointment for people who really enjoyed the first one. This sequel doesn’t nearly reach the hilarious heights of the original and instead is satiated with a by-the-numbers script.

Mark Wahlberg is back as the recently divorced John Bennett. John’s raunchy, foul-mouthed teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), is married to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), but their marriage is on the rocks, and they believe their only hope is to have a child. Only one problem: Ted is an inanimate object. You do the math.

Ted loses his job and credit cards, and worst of all, his marriage is annulled. After that, he goes through a long legal process to prove he is capable of having and raising a child. Amanda Seyfried plays his lawyer, Samantha, whom Ted constantly mistakes for a certain character in “The Lord of the Rings.”

There are some funny scenes in “Ted 2,” but they’re surrounded by performances from a cast that seems to be going through the motions. I liked the scene involving John and Ted breaking into Tom Brady’s house and asking him about being a possible donor, as well as a very funny scene that recycles the “Jurassic Park” score at a crucial moment of bonding between John, Ted and Samantha.

Overall, though, I felt the movie didn’t quite have an even tone to carry it through or some of the wit that made the first one so enjoyable. MacFarlane does get in a few jabs at every corner both verbally and visually. Some scenes will make you howl, gag or do a combination thereof.

“Ted 2” will appeal only to fans of MacFarlane and lowbrow comedy of the dumbest kind. I can’t say that I was glad I saw it, but I did laugh — sometimes.

Grade: B-

(Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug use.)

Hall is a syndicated columnist in South Georgia.

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