These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Crosses the Line Twice: A few jokes, some of which had to be heavily edited even for late night tv trailers. For example, the trailer joke where Ted tries to impress a colleague by waving, blowing a kiss then humping part of the checkout actually continues further, with him mimicing fellatio on a candy bar andusing hand soap to pretend he's being ejaculated on.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Ted comments on being a former child star, and being washed up like the cast of Diff'rent Strokes. While death is inevitable, Conrad Bain died less than a year after Ted was released and Todd Bridges is the only main actor still living.
Genius Bonus: Ted's response to Lori's remark about a shit being on the floor is, "Or, or....is the floor...on the shit? Is what Kierkegaard would say."
The Japanese Love Ted: Ted proved to be a major hit in Japan, as the film spent 4 straight weeks as the #1 movie and eventually earned $44.0 million there. He also has over 200,000 likes on his official Japanese Facebook page. In fact, Japan was the film's third highest grossing market, behind America, where it made $218.8 million, and Britain, where it made $48.9 million.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Both in its CGI and its relatively down to earth writing of a contemporary urban fantasy story, this film is basically how Howard the Duck should have been made.
The fact that Robert becomes Taylor Lautner is even funnier when you know what this actor was up to in the past few years, and who he shares scenes with... A Robert Pattinson who would have been a much more believable joke.
Love It or Hate It: Pretty much. There are those who adore it, and those who claim it's "racist, sexist and homophobic crap".
Nightmare Fuel: After Ted is kidnapped by Donny and his son, when Ted sees a room filled with many pictures of himself on Donny's wall, one can't help but think that it may be disturbing in a way. Even though he gets better, it's not cool to see a teddy bear get ripped in half.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Similar to Seth's other works, it looks colorful and cutesy, but once you hear the dialogue.... In his review, Roger Ebert advised parents that if their kids want to see the movie because of the ads, don't take them. (He specifically recommended Brave as an alternative.)
What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: One of the major themes of the movie is about John's difficulty growing up, but name a young child who has not lived through the trauma of a beloved toy being destroyed or lost while a desperate parent tries to fix it, and comfort them when they can't. To many younger children the toy really is something more than just a toy and is a true friend and companion.
Real Life: When Ted is talking to John about, they both reminisce about 9-11 as a time when Ted realized he "gotta get high". In Reality, Both Seth and Mark Wahlberg were scheduled to be on a hijacked plane in 9-11 and both were saved by miraculous coincidence.