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Ted 2 

Pretty much the same as Ted 1

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The gang from the hit Ted — director Seth MacFarlane, actor Mark Wahlberg, the animated toy bear Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) and the surprise inclusion of "Buck Rogers" — got lucky. The 2012 comedy was low-brow, raunchy and went on too long, but it found enough freshness in its central gag — Ted is a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking, loser teddy bear who doesn't care who knows it — that it more or less worked and delivered laughs.

Alas, Ted 2, also directed by MacFarlane, is just that: a second round of almost the exact same thing, including reprised plot points. Ted struggles with his nature, John (Wahlberg) moons after a cute girl (Amanda Seyfried), and the same head-scratching villain (Giovanni Ribisi) is back.

Whatever freshness exists is in the jokes (many of them are au courant, so see this soon before they get stale) and the surprise cameos (one has a pay-off in the after-credits scene). And if you think ComicCon is just about the easiest place to grab low-hanging gags, you'd be right, and the whole cast will meet you there in the last reel. 

Really, the only unexpected scene is the opening credits, in which MacFarlane indulges his love of show tunes, and puts a tuxedo-clad Ted into a Busby Berkeley-style dance spectacle. It's not funny, but at least it's sorta classy.



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