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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ted 2 is the sequel to Seth McFarlane's mega-successful Ted -- and, like the first, it's a very vulgar comedy filled with drugs, sexual references, and extremely strong language (constant use of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and many others). There's no graphic nudity or sex, but characters talk about sex/make innuendoes constantly, with references to oral sex, Internet porn, and various fetishes. The three main characters smoke pot regularly, and there's background drinking, and references to cocaine and heavy drug use in some characters' past. There's some punching and bullying, and characters get thrown around. Several products and brands are shown and referenced, often with humorous overtones. All of that said, the movie has some interesting ideas about what it means to be a person, viewers who can handle the mature content will definitely have something to think about after seeing it.
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What's the story?
After the events of Ted, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), marries the love of his life, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). But when they try to adopt a child, the government becomes aware that Ted isn't technically a real person. He loses his job and all his personal documents, and his marriage is annulled. So he and best pal, John (Mark Wahlberg), hire a lawyer -- the pretty, pot-smoking Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) -- to contest the situation as a civil rights violation. John (who's now divorced) becomes attracted to Samantha along the way. But it's not an easy fight, and the trio must head to New York for reinforcements. Unfortunately, the creepy Donny (Giovanni Ribisi) has cooked up another evil plan to get a Ted of his own.
Is it any good?
When Ted first came out, it surprised audiences by being touching as well as funny; the sequel one ups it by being funny and touching and boasting some big ideas. Written and directed by MacFarlane, TED 2 is extremely vulgar, filled with foul language and sexual innuendo, but it's not mean-spirited. It goes for comic rhythm rather than shock value, and the humor rises from the characters, their friendships, and their personalities.
True to MacFarlane's previous works, it's still filled with pop culture references, but they're much cleverer than usual; they're worked into the fabric of the well-structured story rather than just haphazardly dropped in. But the real extra touch here is the film's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-like sense of social justice. There are impassioned speeches about civil rights, which are clearly meant to mirror (and comment upon) current political conversations. In other words, Ted 2 is smarter than the average summer comedy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why do these characters drink and use drugs so frequently? Are they doing it for enjoyment or from need? What are the real-life consequences of substance use/abuse? Are those consequences clear in the movie?
Do you think that Ted qualifies as a person? What are the qualities of a real person? Does he or she need to be a role model? What are some other groups who, past or present, have sought equal rights in our society?
How did you feel about the bullies in the movie? Are they funny? Mean?
- In theaters: June 26, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: December 15, 2015
- Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried
- Director: Seth MacFarlane
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 115 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use
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