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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

GAY MEN: ¿HOW ABOUT A MAN FAST?







¿Have you ever gone on a man fast?







You know, no flirting, texting,
calling, or talking about men.







¿How long can you last without a man
in your life?

REVIEW OF TED











About The Movie:


Ted is a 2012 American comedy film, directed, written
and produced by Seth MacFarlane and starring himself as the title character,
with Mark WahlbergMila KunisGiovanni RibisiJessica Stroup, and Patrick Warburton. The film is the
feature-length directorial debut of MacFarlane,[1] produced by Media Rights Capital, and distributed by Universal Pictures
Ted opens in suburban Boston on the day before
Christmas, 1985. With Patrick Stewart narrating, it briefly sounds like we're
going to enter a world of magic and nostalgia... until we're told about the
favorite pastime of WASPy pre-teen boys. Living in this idealized community is
John Bennett (who will grow up to be played by Mark Wahlberg), a seven-year old
outcast with no friends who immediately becomes attached to his favorite
Christmas present: an oversized teddy bear. That night, he makes an ill-advised
wish for Teddy to come to life and, because nothing is more powerful than a
young boy's wish (except an Apache helicopter), John awakens to discover that,
for the first time in his life, he has a best friend. The scene in which he
introduces Teddy to his parents is priceless.



What Is Good About The Movie:

The story is
pretty simple. Johnny and Ted hang out, do drugs, say deplorable things, and do
little with their lives. Their night-long bender is hilarious stuff. But, Lori
needs Johnny to grow up, and basically gives him an ultimatum to choose between
her or the stuffed bear. 
One of the tricks of Ted --
perhaps its smartest one -- is that 
everyone, not just John, knows
the bear can talk. (A montage shows the bear’s early years of celebrity,
including appearances with Johnny Carson on 
The Tonight Show,
before the masses tire of his particular novelty and move on to other things.)
And almost everyone's OK with Ted's presence, until John’s longtime girlfriend,
Lori (Mila Kunis, who doesn’t have much to do but who’s a good sport about it),
decides it’s time for her highly unambitious boyfriend (he toils away at a
car-rental joint) to put away childish things, i.e. Ted. Time for the little
guy to put on a suit (“I look like something you give to your kid before you
tell him grandma died,” he mutters) and toddle off to his first job interview,
so he can move out of John’s life and into his own apartment. 








Ted holds steady, not least because
its technical values are impressively high – it’s easy enough to believe this
bad-news bear really can talk – and because Ted’s character design is so
winning. His eyebrows are particularly expressive, furry little hyphens of
consternation, anxiety or wicked delight. And then, once you’ve heard the
outstandingly ridiculous “Thunder Buddy” song, John and Ted’s preferred mode of
quelling a stubborn leftover-from-childhood fear, you might just wish you had
your own talking bear. But probably not. The clever absurdity of Ted is
just about as much NSFW, wish-come-true nonsense as any sane person needs.





What Is Bad About The Movie:





Ted manages to not wear
out its welcome with me, though the picture loses its way with the introduction
of an unnecessary subplot involving Giovanni Ribisi as an unhinged bearnapper.
(These days, does Ribisi ever play a character who’s not unhinged?)  And though I LOVE Seth's humor, I can't help but think that 
five years from now, jokes about Brandon Routh and Susan Boyle
might go over viewers’ heads. This humor works in 2012, but it might not have a
long shelf life.





Overall Grade:





B




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