The “Thunder Buddies” — who comfort each other when their fear of thunder overtakes them — are back. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane) are now grown up. (But their language is as filthy as ever.) Ted 2 is the sequel to 2012’s Ted, where we met John and watched as he successfully wished his Christmas gift teddy bear could come to life. Together, boy and bear grew up, got stoned, talked to girls and generally had a good time. The sequel opens with Ted’s wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). A few months later they’re not getting along and, to save their floundering marriage, decide to follow a co-worker’s suggestion to have a baby. Of course, Ted is not equipped in any way for baby-making, so they decide to use sperm from Boston Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The way they go about attempting to acquire this sperm is the least funny bit in a film made up of dozens of bits. But it does serve to illustrate the maturity level of the movie. Of course, the entire concept is so far-fetched that it requires serious suspension of disbelief and if you can do that, you’ll enjoy Ted 2. It is, in short, silly. But it is funny.
The basic premise of the film is that Ted is suing the government for his personhood, so he can have the rights any other person is given. He hires a novice lawyer, Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried). In a lovely appearance, Morgan Freeman is his civil rights lawyer.
Reprising their roles from the first movie are Giovanni Ribisi as Donny and Sam Jones as Flash Gordon. Donny was the boy who wanted a live teddy bear so he kidnapped Ted and Sam Jones just turns up at seemingly random times and in random places. It is he, for example, who officiates at Ted’s wedding to Tami-Lynn.
Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is good at what he does and we can believe that Ted is, indeed, a person. However, more than a cohesive story, Ted 2 comes off as a bunch of comedy bits and jokes strung together not to make a great deal of sense but, rather, to keep an audience laughing for the sake of laughing. But it is funny, so perhaps that’s not such a bad thing
In one of the funniest bits, John and Ted add lyrics to the theme to Law and Order: