Ted: the Number One Movie in America
JAMES VANOSDOL’S BLOG:
Ted hauled in 54.1 million at the box office this weekend, making it the third best debut ever for an “R”-rated comedy.
I contributed $9 to the overall take (you’re welcome, Universal), and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s why Ted‘s worth your time:
- The always-serious Mark Wahlberg is much looser in the role of a likeable lug; a loser with irresistable charm.
- Along those lines, the titular Ted is adorable–even when he’s doing bong hits, nailing his coworker, or swearing up a blue streak.
- Mila Kunis. Sweet merciful Moses.
- Patrick Stewart as narrator. He sets everything up as a delightful, childhood fantasy, fairy tale … and then takes things in a very Seth McFarlane direction.
- The laughs are consistent. I giggled and/or laughed from the opening credits to close.
- The cameos. Two are surprising; one is amusing in the same way that Lou Ferrigno was in I Love You, Man. Try to avoid reading online reviews–they seem hell-bent on spoiling the surprises.
- Because Michael Phillips from the Tribune didn’t like it. Quoth Phillips, “The jokes, meantime, depend on how many R-rated synonyms there are for a woman’s vagina, as spoken by a plush toy.”
John: Wait; was it any of those names with a “Lynn” after it?