One of the new comedies opening in theatres this summer is "A Million Ways to Die in the West," the second film from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. His first was "Ted," which came out in 2012. People familiar with "Family Guy" will know to anticipate quite raunchy and off-color humor from Seth MacFarlane. If you are not familiar with "Family Guy," be forewarned that the dialogue and situations in his work veer into fairly vulgar territory. For some, that is a plus, for others it is a detriment.
"Ted" begins in Massachusetts in the 1980s. John Bennett is an unpopular kid who gets a big stuffed bear named Ted for Christmas. He makes a wish for Ted to be real so they can be friends forever. Thanks to a falling star, his wish becomes a reality. Years later, John (played by Mark Wahlberg) is still best friends with Ted (voiced by MacFarlane), who lives with him. John is in a serious relationship with Lori (played by Mila Kunis). She feels their relationship is ready to go to the next level, but also sees Ted as a negative influence on them. He cannot find a job, parties a lot, drinks and often gets high with John.
This movie has a great cast. Mark Wahlberg is perfect as John, who loves Lori and wants to do the right thing, but often cannot help but to dumb things with Ted. Mila Kunis is excellent as Lori, who loves them both, despite recognizing their flaws. Seth MacFarlane is great as Ted, who has a lot of memorable one-liners.
There are many fun scenes in the film. One of these scenes is when John and Ted party with "Flash Gordon" star Sam Jones. Also the opening credits are very good, which show the John and Ted's relationship from John's childhood to the present day.
"Ted" is an amusing film. Hopefully, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" will be just as good.