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Monday, June 29, 2015

TED 2: Maybe the Worst Movie of the Year?

I yesterday went to see Ted 2, a foul-mouthed, silly, predictable and enjoyable spoof, if you can tolerate the F-bombs and general scatalogy.  Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 47% reviewers rating, but 71% of audiences liked it.  In many ways this version equaled the original, with 67%/74% RT ratings.  

Mark Wahlberg plays the friend-foil, while the voice of Ted is provided by the director, Seth MacFarlane.  The storyline has to do with Ted being property or human.  How did he become alive anyway?  Well, you need to first see Ted and buy  into the reason.  Skits are inserted with cameos by  Tom Brady, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Liam Neeson and many others, maybe the best part of the movie, except that the transitions are hardly seamless.

Ted 2 came in third this weekend and will eventually earn its production cost when worldwide revenues come in.  Yes, there is rumored to be a Ted 3.

Of course, Ted and Ted 2 are only a pale excuse for prurience when compared to the worst movie of 2013, Movie 43, which was over the top gross and profane.  I should add, racist, gender challenged and more. There will never again be a film of such obvious pornographic and civil rights excess with noteworthy stars, for the cast had 14 Oscar nominations, including for best actor and best actress, at the Academy Awards that year.  Maybe for that reason, I was entertained.  There are twelve parts, and all 13 directors earned Razzies that year.  What stars?
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Gerard Butler
  • Richard Gere
  • Halle Berry
  • Uma Thurman
  • Emma Stone
  • Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Lieve Schreiber
  • Terrance Howard 
  • Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Chris Pratt (yes, the guy in Jurassic World, #1 again this week)

and others.  Performances of Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman are typical, and as I can't show their movie characters in this G-rated blog site, feel free to click on THIS.  Rotten Tomatoes gave Movie 43 4% reviewers and 24% audience ratings.  On my Roku, I noticed that Netflix does not carry this film, but Amazon does.

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