By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Vulgar little bear is back, with big ideas and crude humor.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid all the crude humor, the movie raises many interesting questions about what it means to be a person. Are we a person if we can recognize our emotions and show empathy? Do we need to be responsible in the world and give something back? Or do we simply show love? Sly commentary on America's history of marginalizing people for being different.
Positive Role Models
As lovable as these guys are, they don't model behavior that's worth emulating. They play mean pranks on one another, smoke lots of pot, and engage in other iffy behavior.
Violence & Scariness
A character gets smacked by a large object and thrown across a room. Characters thrown out a window. Throwing apples at passing joggers. Bike accident. Punching, bullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very strong, frequent sexual innuendo and sex talk. Graphic images of bears mating on TV. References to Internet porn, including various fetishes. A character is covered with "jizz" in a laboratory. Ted is shown offering "BJs" on a street corner. Bong shaped like a penis. A woman in costume has three breasts.
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Frequent, extremely strong language, with multiple uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--k," "ass," "whore," "t-ts," "penis," the "N" word, "nutsack," "jerk off," "piss," "fags," and "hell," plus "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Products/brands seen/discussed include Trix cereal, Solo plastic drinking cups, Tootsie Rolls, Starbucks, Facebook. Many media franchise names referenced at ComicCon (Star Wars, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superman, etc.)
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy pot smoking and pot references. Fairly frequent beer drinking (no drunkenness). References to cocaine. Some characters are said to have excessively used drugs in the past. Brief cigarette smoking.
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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 ...
Families can talk about Ted 2's strong sexual content. Why is sex so funny to these characters? How much sexual content in media is OK for kids?
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
- Last updated: January 21, 2023
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