When Seth MacFarlane co-wrote and directed his first feature in 2012, he was the creator and voicer of hit adult cartoon Family Guy. He voices and gives motion-capture shape to the titular talking bear in this live-action comedy, and takes his scatological humour to the outer limits of a 15 certificate. (At the screening I went to, we were cleverly given beer and pizza.) The set-up’s funny: a stuffed bear is made real after a boy makes a wish; the boy grows up to be Mark Wahlberg and Ted’s still living with him, much to girlfriend Mila Kunis’s irritation. Best if you like lewd sex references and harbour a curious obsession with the 1980 Flash Gordon movie (star Sam J Jones cameos). MacFarlane followed Ted with a sequel, cowboy spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West, an Oscars hosting gig and two more serious crooning albums.
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