I’m late to the game with this one; even as a fan of the original the bad press surrounding Ted 2 wasn’t surprising to me, and I must confess it pushed it down the queue a bit. So I got around to watching it and imagine my surprise - it’s actually funny.
That’s not to say the bad press was un-warranted. The plot meanders around and takes forever to get off the ground. Once it does get airborne it doesn’t really go anywhere that interesting at all. The jokes are all a little same-y and the way MacFarlane tries to force his characters’ world-view on the audience is a little tiresome.
However, it made me laugh. And I’m sure it’ll make most people laugh. How many films made in the last 15 years have given you a genuine, ‘pause the video’, belly laugh? Probably fewer than 20.
Ted 2 is crappy framework for some solid jokes. Make of it what you will. Sometimes you just want to laugh.