Issue 42 -2012

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14 Issue 42 /2012 TED A grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish. Why exactly Seth Macfarlane has waited so long to make his cinematic debut is up for debate. There's definitely a lot to be said for biding your time, honing your script to perfection… but this is the man who created Family Guy, a much-loved exercise in pure, creative hedonism. Even the show's biggest fans will acknowledge its penchant for throwing every possible pop culture reference at the wall and praying to every possible deity that something sticks. Subsequent projects American Dad! and The Cleveland Show bear similar qualities, which is why it may come as a surprise that Ted is a strong, well-oiled machine that fires off insanely big laughs at an alarmingly consistent rate. The film opens with a wholesome voiceover from Patrick Stewart, detailing the lonely life of young John Bennett who one night wishes that his plush best friend Teddy would come to life. Well, apparently, miracles do happen – and a charming celebrity bear is born! Magazine covers and an appearance on the Carson Daily Show follow, with the little bear never forgetting his best friend along the way. Fast-forward 27 years and Teddy is now Ted – and not so charming. In fact, both he and John are in a bit of a rut. With only a low- end job at a car dealership to his name, John (Mark Walhberg) and Ted wile away their time smoking pot and talking crap, with John's girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) being the only source of ambition in their homestead. When Lori realises that their relationship will never progress while it involves a talking bear, she proposes that Ted moves out and that John grows up. Seth MacFarlane voices the bear, and the character is perfectly realised in every way. An entry-level appreciation of Family Guy is all you need to accept the idea of a foul-mouthed teddy bear, and the CGI is seamless. The jokes range from saucy to tasteless, but you will laugh. Ted's many exploits are hilarious, kicking off with the bringing home of prostitutes to watch an Adam Sandler movie, and peaking with a party with Sam Flash Gordon Jones. The human cast does a great job of retaining their dignity while acting opposite a CGI bear. Mark Walhberg once again proves that he is a fantastic comic actor, and is the perfect man-child. His relationships with both Lori and Ted are sweet and genuine, and he nails John's sense of adoration in a single puppy dog stare. It isn't until the final act that MacFarlane succumbs to his love of chaos, but it works in a dark kidnapping subplot overzealous fan of Teds. Despite the shift in tone, it's still packed with laughs, and paves the way for a perfect ending. featuring Giovanni Ribisi as an COMING SOON... SAVAGES Oliver Stone's blood-soaked tale of a drug deal gone wrong boasts a fantastic cast includ- ing Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta and Salma Hayek. LOOPER It's 2072 and when mobsters want someone taken care of, they simply chuck them back time by 30 years and let Joseph Gordon-Levitt shoot them on the spot. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Milla Jovovich returns for the fifth instalment of this post-apocalyp- tic franchise.

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