The new movie, TED, had the best opening weekend of any "R" rated comedy ever made. But, in my opinion, the movie should have gone straight to video.
The trailer for TED shows most of the funny parts in this hit-and-miss comedy about an immature 35 year old guy and his foul mouthed, pot smoking teddy bear.
It's a clever concept that's ruined by a silly plot and a sentimental ending.
Narrator: If there's one thing you can be sure of...
Little boy to his teddy bear: I wish you could really talk to me.
Narrator: It's that nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish.
Teddy Bear (come to life): You're my best friend, John. I love you.
Narrator: But eventually everyone grows up.
Mark Wahlberg stars as John, an overgrown kid at age 35 who still lives with his teddy bear who has become a raunchy, irresponsible smart aleck.
Somehow, John has managed to be in a relationship with Mila Kunis, as Lori, a responsible professional who is fed up with their arrangement.
Lori: Will you please ask Ted to move so we can get on with our lives?
John: I'm just not that psyched to just kick him out.
Ted to John: It's been four years, Johnny. You and me have been together for 27 years. Where's my ring?
Ted is voiced by the director Seth MacFarlane who is best known for the animated TV show, FAMILY GUY.
And in fact, this obnoxious teddy bear is a computer generated animation based on motion capture video of MacFarlane acting Ted's part.
Ted: Lori, you're home early.
Lori: This place is a wreck. Who are these girls?
Ted: Where are my manners? Lori, this is Angelique, Heavenly, (cut to MacFarlane with motion capture wires all over him as he finishes the speech) Sharene, and Sauvignon blanc. I swear to God, her name is Sauvignon Blanc.
The setup is pretty funny, but unfortunately, when the weak story turns dramatic and sentimental, all the film's silly charms are squashed.
I also want to let you know about YOUR SISTER'S SISTER," a character driven independent film, starring Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWit, and Emily Blunt as two sisters and the man who's attracted to both of them.
Jack: You're on an island. It's 3 in the morning and you're drinking by yourself. What's goin' on?
Hannah (DeWitt): I just walked out on a seven year relationship.
Most of the dialogue is improvised and the performances of all three actors are wonderfully realistic.
I was a little disappointed by the ending of YOUR SISTER'S SISTER, but I was greatly impressed by everything else.