Family Guy creator (and American Dad! co-creator) Seth MacFarlane made a huge splash at the box office with his live-action feature directing debut, Ted, back in 2012, but his sophomore project as helmsman – last year’s western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West – didn’t fare nearly as well. Now he’s back with the sequel Ted 2; and judging by the first trailer footage (watch it above), well… this certainly looks like a MacFarlane movie.
This green-band preview lays out the story for Ted 2 conceived by MacFarlane and his trusted collaborators Alec Sulking and Wellesley Wild: the living, foul-mouthed, and usually badly-behaved teddy bear Ted (MacFarlane) and his not so dignified girlfriend-turned wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to adopt a kid. First, however, Ted has to prove that he’s human – in the eyes of the law, that is
Mark Wahlberg is once again costarring as John – Ted’s BFF since childhood – in Ted 2. However, Mila Kunis (a frequent MacFarlane collaborator) didn’t reprise her role as John’s wife, Lori, from the first movie – most likely because she was preoccupied with becoming a mother in real-life, when filming on the Ted sequel got underway.
Meanwhile, Morgan Freeman plays an iconic civil rights lawyer who consults on Ted’s case, while Amanda Seyfried – who costarred in A Million Ways last year – takes on the role of Ted’s legal representative, Samantha Leslie Jackson. Cue the Pulp Fiction references (among many other SLJ jokes, no doubt).
By and large, Ted 2 looks like another chip off the ol’ block for MacFarlane, with a variety of gags and pop culture-savvy jokes strung around a storyline that offers some light social commentary (and we do mean light), on the side. Which is to say, if you’re not currently on the MacFarlane bandwagon, then this probably won’t end up being the film that finally convinces you to hop onboard.
As for MacFarlane fans: at worst, this might be another A Million Ways, providing enough in the ways of fun, stupid, laughs, but also proving as forgettable as, well, your average episode of Family Guy. At best, though, Ted 2 could manage to recreate the mixture of raunchy humor and heartfelt bromance that many enjoyed from its predecessor. We’ll see what happens in a few months.
Ted 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 26th, 2015.