Opening up in theaters this weekend of June 29, 2012 are: Ted and Magic Mike.
Somehow a young boy’s wish is granted, and his cherished Teddy Bear comes to life. They’re best friends who never leave each other’s sides. At first the world is shocked and Teddy becomes a celebrity of sorts, but time passes and he just becomes a normal schlub like any other former child star. Within 20 years, the two friends are just getting stoned and watching bad movies together, just trying to get by.
It’s essentially Calvin & Hobbes meets Harold & Kumar. It’s definitely not for young kids, no matter how cute Ted is.
Seth McFarlane of Family Guy fame makes his live-action directing debut in Ted, which he also wrote and does the voice of Ted (the Teddy Bear). Mark Wahlberg stars as his best friend John who’s seemingly stuck in a delayed adolescence, and the beautiful Mika Kunis stars as the girlfriend that comes between us and demands that John grow up and not just spend his days hanging out with his Teddy Bear.
It does sound ridiculous and over-the-top, but it’s actually quite funny and does have a lot of heart to it. The audience I saw it with, were laughing so hard so often and so hard, that we surely missed a bunch of jokes. Seth McFarlane proves that he’s here to conquer the big screen just like he did TV. And, we forgive you Mark Wahlberg for making The Happening and ruining The Planet of the Apes with Tim Burton, you’re back baby! Mile Kunis as the bitchy girlfriend, well- you’re beautiful?!? *LOL* And any movie that puts Flash Gordon, Savior of the Universe on a pedestal like this movie does, is worth seeing!
It’s about male strippers, it stars all of Hollywood’s beefcake stars such as Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey. If you just saw the ad, it’d seem like this was just a funky dance movie with hot, well-oiled muscular studs gyrating to bad dance music for the ladies – and there is quite a bit of that, but it’s also a look at a subculture of stripping and sex much the same way that Boogie Nights did with the porn industry. With a director like Steven Soderbergh, you know that there’s going to be much more behind the “prettyboy” visage that draws most people into this movie. That being said, most of the crowd of ladies who swarmed the early preview on Wednesday night, were whooping and hollering as if there was a real show going on. Definitely a movie with a lot going on for it, that you can enjoy in a lot of different ways, mostly due to Soderbergh’s genius as a filmmaker.