YMMV / Ted

The website

  • Archive Binge: There's a yearly conference, places most of the recorded presentations on its website under the Creative Commons license and has over 500 listed as of this writing. Good luck getting through them all in under a month.

The film

  • Counterpart Comparison: John and Ted can be seen as a grown-up version of Stewie and Rupert, you know, if the latter ever talked.
  • 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 and using 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 massive hit in Japan, as the film spent 4 straight weeks as the #1 movie and eventually earned $44 million there. He also has over 200k likes on his official Japanese Facebook page. In fact, Japan was the film's third highest grossing market, behind North America, where it made $218.8 million, and the UK, where it made $48.9 million. He's even getting a figma!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation: The Thunder Buddies Song.
  • Nausea Fuel: One of the prostitutes defecating on the floor. Thankfully, it was off-screen.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: With Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear. So much so that Seth MacFarlane was sued for it, though the case was ultimately dismissed with the plantiffs conceding that MacFarlane developed it independently of their work.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The film is fundamentally a better Howard the Duck movie than the actual Howard the Duck movie.
    • It's also as close to a remake of Short Circuit as we're going to get.
  • Squick: Lori picking up the poop on the floor.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Think about it. This is a movie that has a grown man engaging in a brutal fight with a teddy bear... and pulls it off.
  • 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.)
    • Taken to the extreme by a Brazilian deputy / Moral Guardian who tried to upgrade the film's rating there for "offensive content using childish elements". When the rating was already "innapropriate for under 16 years". And the deputy brought his 11-year old son to watch it. The Ministry of Justice shot down his request, and the film topped the box office afterwards.
  • 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.