Ted: The Movie is now Showing in Tokyo

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Ted: The Movie is now Showing in Tokyo

Laura Leiva and Horace C. White

Modern Tokyo Times


When you’re in the mood to laugh, Ted is the movie to watch.While not everyone will appreciate the humor, the idea of a talking teddy bear is sure to be entertaining – and entertaining it is! Fans of Family Guy will recognize the voice of Ted, played by Seth MacFarlane, who also co-wrote, co-produced and directed the film. This is the first feature length film directed by MacFarlane, and is currently nominated for Best Original Song at the 2013 Academy Awards.

Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, who play a romantically linked couple, John and Lori, join MacFarlane in this laugh-out-loudstory about a teddy bear who becomes best friends with a child.As a young kid growing up in a Boston suburb, John (Wahlberg) lives in a neighborhood with other children, but is very lonely. For Christmas, his parents present him with a large teddy bear, which John names Teddy, or Ted for short, and wishes that Ted would come alive so they could be real best friends. John’s wish comes true and Ted comes to life, much to the shock of his parents.

The film flash forwards to present day and the friendship between Ted and John – still having fun, but at a more adult level. John is in a relationship with Lori (Kunis), who accepts Ted as part of John’s life, but eventually wants to settle down with John without Ted being around. Ted is not a good influence on John, encouraging him to be carefree and irresponsible – and Lori asks John to kick Ted out of their apartment. In order to save his relationship, John kicks Ted out and helps him find a job at the local grocery store, where Ted’s obnoxious behavior toward the boss gets him hired and promoted. Despite kicking Ted out of the apartment, it doesn’t keep him and John apart, and it upsets Lori to the point of her questioning the relationship.

Since Ted is well known in the community, a creepy man comes up to John and Ted while they sit together in the park. Donny (played by Giovanni Ribisi) tells Ted and John that he was obsessed with Ted and wishes he had a friend like Ted growing up – and now he wants to know if he can take Ted to give to his son, who clearly has anger issues. Ted and John don’t accept the offer, but Donny won’t give up. While Ted and John spend less time together to please Lori, it doesn’t stop Ted from convincing John to leave a party to visit his childhood idol, Flash Gordon, at Ted’s place. He leaves Lori alone at the party and when she finds out where he went, she breaks up with him. A few days later, at Ted’s suggestion, the two meet up to talk about the relationship.

Donny, who didn’t take no for an answer, finds Ted alone one night and kidnaps him. While being held hostage at the home, Ted manages to call John. Together, John and Lori track Ted down, along with his kidnapper, but during the chase, Ted is ripped apart – stuffing and all. Lori and John gather up Ted’s stuffing in an attempt to save him, but life leaves the bear’s body.

Back at the apartment, Ted’s body is lying on the table and both of them can’t believe he’s gone. Seeing how devastated John is, Lori makes the same wish John did decades ago and falls asleep. The next morning, the two discover Ted has come back to life and all three accept each other once again.

Ted is a fun movie, but not suitable for all audiences. Its popularity allowed it to become the highest-grossing original R rated comedy to date – and there are plans for a sequel.



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