Escape to the Movies: Ted

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Hurray for the return of the extra jokes/tidbits in the credits!

Aprilgold:

Jegsimmons:

Aprilgold:

I think the issue with Family Guy, which inspired part of your comment is that there is only so much pop-culture to go around. Like it or not you can only make a Alf or Cookie Monster joke so many times before it gets boring.

He just ran out of Pop-Culture to run his Pop-Culture comedy show and instead is focusing of just shitting on random celebrities and non-coherent drama, such as the episode where Peter's liver puts his life in mortal-danger and as such Brian has to give both of his so Peter can live. That whole episode was just unnecessary drama with no punch line and no character building what-so-ever. In another one Brian finds out Quaghmire hates him and as such is given shit for things Quaghmire did and almost succeeded to just two or three seasons earlier.

My problem with Seth is exactly what he said during the 100th episode special in that his whole reason for making his show the way it is to point out things that society does wrong but since he does it in a comedy-show no one honestly cares if he finds that X actress adopting Y child is bad.

Why is seth of all people lecturing on what society does wrong when all he does is just slam people who support what he doesnt? if anything his shows are a bad influence on culture because it shows that people are ok with random and stupid cultural references and slamming people in what amounts to being a mean spirited bastard just because he has a view.

Case in point: the minute i really got pissed at seth was during an episode with a costume party and louis dressed as the guy Laura Bush accidently killed in her younger years and they pointed it out with literally no punchline.

Besides the fact it was an accident where she ran a stop sign and collided with a another car and killed a guy and wasnt charged, it was only because she was the wife of Bush who is a conservative.
Thats not only not funny and a dick move, i actually felt bad for Laura. thats fucking harsh! im sure she feels like shit over the whole ordeal and is haunted for life over it.

Yet to top it off....i never once saw a ted kennedy drunk driving joke, and to this day....i dont think one exist.

After that i started noticing some very mean spirited dark humor thats more depressing than funny. and i just got tired of it because it was just being immature for a cheap ass joke. At least south park is lampooning potty humor and ultimately gives a fair moral thats reasonable balanced.

Your really congratulating South Park on giving a decent moral when its honestly /b/ of the Television Industry.

But I agree with you whole heartedly on everything else. Seth is just a prick who happened to think of a decent idea that has now turned into his own little political table for him to preach at everyone and say if you don't agree, your a idiot.

While I agree most conservatives are dumb, at least I give a reason but hes to much up his own ass too.

The reason i congratulate southpark is how neutral and fair it is on who/what it thrashes. One episode it will lampoon chritianity, but then at the end give it compliments. Or how they slammed mormons but respected on how they appreciate family and morals. And anyone who gets thrashed usually had it coming and in later seasons they became...more...mature in their choices i guess is the best way to say. Family guy just lampoons something usually supporting it with false evidence and unfair generalizations and pretty much says "fuck you" if you dont agree. And that shit get old quick.

Buretsu:

misterprickly:

I'm sorry but am I only one who still wonders why Seth Mcfarlane isn't unemployed and living on welfare?

He has the support of his fans. You know... drunk and/or stoned college kids with too much disposable income.

That's strange, most college kids I know are obsessed with "intelligent" humour and loathe McFarlane's shows. Retro cartoons, Parks and Recreation and South Park seem to be favourites while Family Guy is slammed as a terrible and unfair political soap box.

mercifulwrath:
...I disregarded everything after he said that he liked The Cleveland Show.

Indeed. I gave that show a season to get better, because Family Guy can be really funny at times and American Dad actually grew on me after a while, but it never did anything remotely funny.

Radoh:
Oh Bob, why are you so like you?

*does an episode of the big picture about how formulaic is not inherently bad*
*wanted to mark this down as formulaic and therefore bad*
Seriously, what?

He needs to pick an opinion and stick to it. I was more concerned with excusing this all it's faults because it's a comedy and all it has to do is make you laugh "sometimes funny is just funny" when earlier essentially told everyone to go fuck themselves there's no way he'd ever review American Reunion. Besides, the only reason Bob did that formulaic episode was he needed to justify loving the Avengers so much.

I'd hardly consider McFarlane's work more highbrow than the American Pie franchise (decide for yourself who should be more offended by that statement).

Gonna give this one a miss. I really, really do not get the McFarlane humor.

misterprickly:

I'm sorry but am I only one who still wonders why Seth Mcfarlane isn't unemployed and living on welfare?

If you actually do wonder this, you're not as smart as you seem to think.

A large amount of people like low brow comedy

SHOCKER!

I still think the idea for this movie borrowed heavily on the TV show Wilfred on FX.

Probably one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. I wasn't even aware of this movie until this video and I'm glad I watched it.

I wonder if is answers the question of how a genital-lacking soft toy develops an over-eager sex-drive.

Jegsimmons:
Hate family guy in how instead of showing a lesson or moral it preaches and thinks its audience is retarded, plus i fond almost every joke either not funny, too obscure to where when i finally get it the punch is gone, make no logical sense (in a bad way), and literally will waste my time with a stupid chicken fight or fuck mothering Conway Twitty. Plus Peter acts so nutty to the point where it borders on sociopathical behavior and becomes a danger to his family and just damn annoying that he learns every lesson at least 5 times, plus at a point it becomes so outrageous it no longer becomes funny and becomes contemptible. Brian is a hypocrite, stewie as a baby is constantly being sexualized to the point of i feel dirty, louis is a complete bitch and a hypocrite, and meg is a waste of space, animation, and talent.

American dad would be more than just average if they dropped the damn alien and haley's stupid stupid stupid liberal spouting bullshit.

Cleveland show pissed me off from the get go because they canceled king of the hill to air another piece of garbage that is less thought provoking and not as well animated in art or character.

and then i forced myself to see ted.
It fucking sucked. yes he's a bear....thats the whole joke. the jokes last to long, the punchlines are predictable, it has no surprises so i become bored, i actually feel walberg and kunis could have been in a better film, and ryan rynolds cameo was kind of pointless.

dont watch Ted. just DVR 4 episodes of the big bang theory and experience actual humor with likable characters. and well timed jokes.

SAVE YOUR MONEY

I hate McFarlane, but Big Bang Theory? Really? It's just pop culture reference after pop culture reference and kaley cuoco because they honestly believe if you say Star Trek and put a hot blonde on screen nerds will watch. It's vapid bullshit.

I'll trust my gut on this one and say I really don't think I'll like it.

Jegsimmons:

The reason i congratulate southpark is how neutral and fair it is on who/what it thrashes. One episode it will lampoon chritianity, but then at the end give it compliments. Or how they slammed mormons but respected on how they appreciate family and morals. And anyone who gets thrashed usually had it coming and in later seasons they became...more...mature in their choices i guess is the best way to say. Family guy just lampoons something usually supporting it with false evidence and unfair generalizations and pretty much says "fuck you" if you dont agree. And that shit get old quick.

Remember the Scientology Episodes? That was certainly "balanced". About as "balanced" as Fox News.

saintdane05:

Jegsimmons:

The reason i congratulate southpark is how neutral and fair it is on who/what it thrashes. One episode it will lampoon chritianity, but then at the end give it compliments. Or how they slammed mormons but respected on how they appreciate family and morals. And anyone who gets thrashed usually had it coming and in later seasons they became...more...mature in their choices i guess is the best way to say. Family guy just lampoons something usually supporting it with false evidence and unfair generalizations and pretty much says "fuck you" if you dont agree. And that shit get old quick.

Remember the Scientology Episodes? That was certainly "balanced". About as "balanced" as Fox News.

What did it do wrong? The ridiculous quotes about the religion itself are what scientologists actually believe. The only thing they did really was make fun of Tom Cruise, the scientology jokes were written by scientology. Besides it's balanced insofar that yes it'll make fun of someone, but it will make fun of everyone else too.

It's lookin' pretty funny. I normally get tired of Seth's brand of comedy pretty quick, but he IS genuinely funny and poignant when he wants to be. I might give it a watch, but certainly not until after I've seen Brave.

They could have done that as 'Calvin and Hobbes' all grown up, but I think Mr Watterson would rather have his genitalia sliced up in front of him.

A Boston man(Bob) enjoying a movie set in Boston? Seems a bit biased... :P

Anyways I saw Ted this weekend with my fiancee and though it was pretty funny for the most part. If you've seen an episode of Family Guy/American Dad/Cleavland Show you'll already know what to expect from this:

- sex jokes
- fart jokes
- gay jokes
- slight racism(about 911)
- use of an orchestra for 99% of the music

If you're a fan of the voice acting you'll be happy to know you get to see a few of the people who do the voices in Family Guy (aside from Mila Kunis).

If you're a Family Guy fan or just in the mood for a few laughs, go see it.

Radoh:
Oh Bob, why are you so like you?

*does an episode of the big picture about how formulaic is not inherently bad*
*wanted to mark this down as formulaic and therefore bad*
Seriously, what?

What problem do you have with that, exactly?

SextusMaximus:

Radoh:
Oh Bob, why are you so like you?

*does an episode of the big picture about how formulaic is not inherently bad*
*wanted to mark this down as formulaic and therefore bad*
Seriously, what?

What problem do you have with that, exactly?

Because he denounces that "Formulaic is Bad" because he likes The Avengers, but then turns around and says he wants to mark another movie down for being too Formulaic.
You know, hypocrisy mostly being the issue here.

Spot1990:

Jegsimmons:
Hate family guy in how instead of showing a lesson or moral it preaches and thinks its audience is retarded, plus i fond almost every joke either not funny, too obscure to where when i finally get it the punch is gone, make no logical sense (in a bad way), and literally will waste my time with a stupid chicken fight or fuck mothering Conway Twitty. Plus Peter acts so nutty to the point where it borders on sociopathical behavior and becomes a danger to his family and just damn annoying that he learns every lesson at least 5 times, plus at a point it becomes so outrageous it no longer becomes funny and becomes contemptible. Brian is a hypocrite, stewie as a baby is constantly being sexualized to the point of i feel dirty, louis is a complete bitch and a hypocrite, and meg is a waste of space, animation, and talent.

American dad would be more than just average if they dropped the damn alien and haley's stupid stupid stupid liberal spouting bullshit.

Cleveland show pissed me off from the get go because they canceled king of the hill to air another piece of garbage that is less thought provoking and not as well animated in art or character.

and then i forced myself to see ted.
It fucking sucked. yes he's a bear....thats the whole joke. the jokes last to long, the punchlines are predictable, it has no surprises so i become bored, i actually feel walberg and kunis could have been in a better film, and ryan rynolds cameo was kind of pointless.

dont watch Ted. just DVR 4 episodes of the big bang theory and experience actual humor with likable characters. and well timed jokes.

SAVE YOUR MONEY

I hate McFarlane, but Big Bang Theory? Really? It's just pop culture reference after pop culture reference and kaley cuoco because they honestly believe if you say Star Trek and put a hot blonde on screen nerds will watch. It's vapid bullshit.

i would think the same way if the characters were not so likeable and the jokes are actually well thought out and executed perfectly, and yes its pop culture, but at the same time its important to the overall plot of the episodes and reflects the characters personalities.

so really everything family guy does wrong, BBT does exactly right. plus some of it has science in it that teaches/introduces some interesting stuff. the writing is actually top tier.

saintdane05:

Jegsimmons:

The reason i congratulate southpark is how neutral and fair it is on who/what it thrashes. One episode it will lampoon chritianity, but then at the end give it compliments. Or how they slammed mormons but respected on how they appreciate family and morals. And anyone who gets thrashed usually had it coming and in later seasons they became...more...mature in their choices i guess is the best way to say. Family guy just lampoons something usually supporting it with false evidence and unfair generalizations and pretty much says "fuck you" if you dont agree. And that shit get old quick.

Remember the Scientology Episodes? That was certainly "balanced". About as "balanced" as Fox News.

however they did justify people interest for it as searching for truth. But seriously, its Scientology, its really not defend-able. its pretty damn culty. and im not trying to shit on peoples belief...but...really?
So really, they were about as fair to it as friggin possible.

Also, fox news joke...classy, just target fox and not msnbc or the other channels that are obviously just as biased.

Barciad:
They could have done that as 'Calvin and Hobbes' all grown up, but I think Mr Watterson would rather have his genitalia sliced up in front of him.

i think every person who has ever heard of calvin and hobbes would do that...before ritually sacrificing the producers. like they almost did during the last air bender.

Jegsimmons:

Spot1990:

Jegsimmons:
Hate family guy in how instead of showing a lesson or moral it preaches and thinks its audience is retarded, plus i fond almost every joke either not funny, too obscure to where when i finally get it the punch is gone, make no logical sense (in a bad way), and literally will waste my time with a stupid chicken fight or fuck mothering Conway Twitty. Plus Peter acts so nutty to the point where it borders on sociopathical behavior and becomes a danger to his family and just damn annoying that he learns every lesson at least 5 times, plus at a point it becomes so outrageous it no longer becomes funny and becomes contemptible. Brian is a hypocrite, stewie as a baby is constantly being sexualized to the point of i feel dirty, louis is a complete bitch and a hypocrite, and meg is a waste of space, animation, and talent.

American dad would be more than just average if they dropped the damn alien and haley's stupid stupid stupid liberal spouting bullshit.

Cleveland show pissed me off from the get go because they canceled king of the hill to air another piece of garbage that is less thought provoking and not as well animated in art or character.

and then i forced myself to see ted.
It fucking sucked. yes he's a bear....thats the whole joke. the jokes last to long, the punchlines are predictable, it has no surprises so i become bored, i actually feel walberg and kunis could have been in a better film, and ryan rynolds cameo was kind of pointless.

dont watch Ted. just DVR 4 episodes of the big bang theory and experience actual humor with likable characters. and well timed jokes.

SAVE YOUR MONEY

I hate McFarlane, but Big Bang Theory? Really? It's just pop culture reference after pop culture reference and kaley cuoco because they honestly believe if you say Star Trek and put a hot blonde on screen nerds will watch. It's vapid bullshit.

i would think the same way if the characters were not so likeable and the jokes are actually well thought out and executed perfectly, and yes its pop culture, but at the same time its important to the overall plot of the episodes and reflects the characters personalities.

so really everything family guy does wrong, BBT does exactly right. plus some of it has science in it that teaches/introduces some interesting stuff. the writing is actually top tier.

The characters are as one dimensional as they come. They have giant neon signs over their heads pointing out the one role they will play all the time in every episode. The "jokes" are usually just lazy references, "if we say Star Trek a lot nerds will love us".

Eh. maybe I'll give this one a shot... after it comes out on TV. And while I liked Family Guy in t he beginning... I lost interest after it got... stupid. (Though I found the Star Wars parodies a riot, if that's worth anything...)

Spot1990:

Jegsimmons:

Spot1990:
I hate McFarlane, but Big Bang Theory? Really? It's just pop culture reference after pop culture reference and kaley cuoco because they honestly believe if you say Star Trek and put a hot blonde on screen nerds will watch. It's vapid bullshit.

i would think the same way if the characters were not so likeable and the jokes are actually well thought out and executed perfectly, and yes its pop culture, but at the same time its important to the overall plot of the episodes and reflects the characters personalities.

so really everything family guy does wrong, BBT does exactly right. plus some of it has science in it that teaches/introduces some interesting stuff. the writing is actually top tier.

The characters are as one dimensional as they come. They have giant neon signs over their heads pointing out the one role they will play all the time in every episode. The "jokes" are usually just lazy references, "if we say Star Trek a lot nerds will love us".

except that is completely false, while they do have a main roll, they are given their own back stories, families, motivations, quirks, ect. Plus its not the stereotype, its how you present it. and big bang theory presents it very well to where they are both likable and somewhat deep. If you actually start watching a few more episodes and pay attention youd probably notice.
Also you know what other very successful show has stereotypes with signs over their heads but became a cultural icon? Star trek.....yep. in fact in the original tv show i think chekov and sulu got so little characterization i even wondered if they were originally meant to be main characters or just became popular like McCoys assistant nurse.
Plus you're exaggerating the lazyness of the jokes in BBT. yes they reference star trek, but alot of the times they reference either more obscure thing or just complete science jokes.
Really i dont feel youve given the show a chance, i given family guy a chance...years of it, actually. BBT got me hooked in only 3 episodes.

Spot1990:

Jegsimmons:
Hate family guy in how instead of showing a lesson or moral it preaches and thinks its audience is retarded, plus i fond almost every joke either not funny, too obscure to where when i finally get it the punch is gone, make no logical sense (in a bad way), and literally will waste my time with a stupid chicken fight or fuck mothering Conway Twitty. Plus Peter acts so nutty to the point where it borders on sociopathical behavior and becomes a danger to his family and just damn annoying that he learns every lesson at least 5 times, plus at a point it becomes so outrageous it no longer becomes funny and becomes contemptible. Brian is a hypocrite, stewie as a baby is constantly being sexualized to the point of i feel dirty, louis is a complete bitch and a hypocrite, and meg is a waste of space, animation, and talent.

American dad would be more than just average if they dropped the damn alien and haley's stupid stupid stupid liberal spouting bullshit.

Cleveland show pissed me off from the get go because they canceled king of the hill to air another piece of garbage that is less thought provoking and not as well animated in art or character.

and then i forced myself to see ted.
It fucking sucked. yes he's a bear....thats the whole joke. the jokes last to long, the punchlines are predictable, it has no surprises so i become bored, i actually feel walberg and kunis could have been in a better film, and ryan rynolds cameo was kind of pointless.

dont watch Ted. just DVR 4 episodes of the big bang theory and experience actual humor with likable characters. and well timed jokes.

SAVE YOUR MONEY

I hate McFarlane, but Big Bang Theory? Really? It's just pop culture reference after pop culture reference and kaley cuoco because they honestly believe if you say Star Trek and put a hot blonde on screen nerds will watch. It's vapid bullshit.

Meh, i dont particularly like Big bang theory...but this?

Is hilarious.

OT: heard about it, saw the creator of family guy created it and it put me off...

However, Movie Bob has just peeked my interest, if a friend wants to see it, then i might go, but i wont die if i don't see it.

The thing is, Seth's blue-collar bar-room humor is only funny once because it's based on the same joke: that intolerance is funny. Sexism, racism, whatever. It strips the tires fast, especially since I haven't found MacFarlane funny since Blue Harvest, and only because the novelty of ripping off a nostalgic movie and filling it with Family Guy characters hadn't become par the course for every second episode of Family Guy that followed. The Star Wars parodies are a prime example of Seth's brand of humor, that of a single funny joke told so many times it quickly loses its flavor. I barely had reason to laugh at Something Something Something Dark Side and It's a Trap was half-assed pandering at its worst, stuffed with so many tired internet memes that even the title couldn't escape it.

*Sighs* Still, Ted's a better film than That's My Boy. You know after The Avengers the quality of this years films has steadily been dropping.

Radoh:

SextusMaximus:

Radoh:
Oh Bob, why are you so like you?

*does an episode of the big picture about how formulaic is not inherently bad*
*wanted to mark this down as formulaic and therefore bad*
Seriously, what?

What problem do you have with that, exactly?

Because he denounces that "Formulaic is Bad" because he likes The Avengers, but then turns around and says he wants to mark another movie down for being too Formulaic.
You know, hypocrisy mostly being the issue here.

He wants to, but doesn't, because he enjoyed the movie.

SextusMaximus:

Radoh:

SextusMaximus:

What problem do you have with that, exactly?

Because he denounces that "Formulaic is Bad" because he likes The Avengers, but then turns around and says he wants to mark another movie down for being too Formulaic.
You know, hypocrisy mostly being the issue here.

He wants to, but doesn't, because he enjoyed the movie.

And that's the issue, he WANTS to.
He automatically decided it was too formulaic and should therefore be marked down, done as an automatic knee-jerk reaction when the first thing he railed against in that The Big Picture was people who automatically marked things down just because it's formulaic.
Whether he did or not doesn't change that he too wanted to do just that.

Just out of curiosity why is funny just for funny's sake ok, but action just for action's sake is not?

SnakeoilSage:
The thing is, Seth's blue-collar bar-room humor is only funny once because it's based on the same joke: that intolerance is funny.

Yup. It just about sums up my opinion of MacFarlane's work in one line.
I will only add: Intolerance and RANDOM human idiocy.

That was what I felt when I saw the pilot episode of Family Guy.
That's what I've felt for years, and it's what I feel now.

wow, i just don't know what to say... i guess thank you for informing that the cleveland show, a pathetic waste of time and the most useless production to come from seth, is your favourite as it tells me just how good ted isn't. nothing about this can be funny to anybody more mature than a mentally retarded snail.

Fun Fact: The voice of Ted's "I love you" function is Tara Strong.

Woo glad I'm not alone enjoying the Cleveland Show.

Personally I like Seth Mcfarlane and can't wait for this to come out in the UK. A group of us have already planned to go and, to be honest, I don't mind comedy that is there just to be funny, even if it is unbelievable at points. Like Anchorman.

Anyway, great review.

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