Drive-In serves up a talking teddy bear and the true meaning of friendship

Story by Hope Murdick

Plenty of Dryden residents were treated to the newly released movie, Ted which played at the Sunset Drive-In Theatre on July 19 to 22. Blissfully nonsensical and hilarious, Ted was easily a crowd pleaser. Directed and written by the creator of the animated television show “Family Guy,” Seth MacFarlane, Ted was full of its fair share of vulgar humour about drugs, sex and flatulence. This film might not be for everyone, especially those under the age of 15, but notably it is a film about true friendship which is sure to pull on the heartstrings of most.

The story begins with the introduction of Johnny, the loneliest kid in Boston. For Christmas, Johnny receives a big teddy bear who he instantly falls in love with. By a stroke of luck, Johnny unknowingly wishes upon a shooting star that his best friend would come to life – so begins our plot. The personified Ted, short for Teddy, grows up with Johnny as the story lapses to 27 years later when Johnny, who is played by Mark Wahlberg, is 35 and in a long-term relationship.

This relationship leads to be the source of conflict within the film as Lori, Mila Kunis’s character, is ready for Johnny to move on with his life, be a man and stop hanging out with his talking stuffed bear. Ted, voiced by MacFarlane himself, is a washed-up child star after gaining instant fame for being the world’s first talking teddy bear. As with most celebrities, Ted was left in the dust when the next big thing came along.

Subsequently, Ted and Johnny begin their boozing bromance and life of countless bong hits. At this point, Lori is the world’s best girlfriend and Johnny has a pretty sweet deal worked out for himself and his best friend, but this soon comes to a screeching halt when Lori has had enough. In fear of losing his love of his life, Johnny convinces Ted to move out of their co-inhabiting apartment and find a job. Reluctantly, Ted agrees.

Unfortunately, moving on and growing up doesn’t come that easy for Johnny. Once you wrap your mind around the fact that you’re watching a movie about a talking bear, light heartedly speaking, Ted is just as entertaining as it is funny. The film is jam packed with popular pop culture references and scattershot humour much like MacFarlane’s “Family Guy”. To its core, this film is about the transition from childhood to adulthood while underlining the meaning of true friendship but in this film’s case it’s simply paired with a consistently inappropriate fluff-ball who makes growing up very difficult.

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