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YMMV / Ted

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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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Thank you for coming to my TED talk."
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The intro and outro music are just so soothing.
  • Tear Jerker: There are talks that can shed your tears about sensitive subjects such as death and war.

The film

  • 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, the floor...on the shit? Is what Kierkegaard would say."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Ted proved to be a massive hit in Japan, as the film spent four 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! The film is so popular in Japan that there's actually a Ted-themed café over in Tokyo.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Is this Green Lantern the first or second one to be outed as gay? We're not sure anymore.
    • 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.
    • Ted once said he could totally be a lawyer. In the sequel, he becomes involved in the legal department.
  • Misaimed Fandom: While the film and its sequel poke fun at life in Massachusetts, a lot of people from Massachusetts love the movies.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Thunder Buddies song.
  • Nausea Fuel: One of the prostitutes defecating on the floor. Thankfully, it was off-screen, but the shit is still seen.
  • 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.
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    • Plotwise, the film is a near shot-for-shot remake of Angels in the Outfield, and here's 24 reasons why.
  • 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow The film was such a hit that Macfarlane's later film A Million Ways to Die in the West just couldn't meet viewer expectations. Ted 2 also didn't do too well at the box office.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Ted. We are supposed to feel bad when John dumps him, but how he turns John into a loser, it feels deserved.
  • 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 "inappropriate 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.


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