Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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by Tony Medley
If you want to
have a idea of what eternity is like, sitting through this movie waiting
for it to end gives you a good taste of it. I went to it expecting a
charming comedy along the lines of Alf, the 1986-90 TV series
created by Paul Fusco and Tom Patchett about a creature (an Alien Life
Form) who finds himself living with a normal American family.
is as far from Alf as Texas Chain Saw Massacre is from
The Sound of Music. Ted is created by Seth MacFarlane, who is
responsible for Family Guy, a show I haven't seen, but am
reliably informed is unfunny and goes out of its way to emphasize poor
taste. Ted certainly lives up to that description. I'm
disappointed that the talented Mark Wahlberg signed up for this.
Wahlberg should know better.
Ted is a teddy
bear who comes to life when the youthful Mark wishes he could come alive
and be his best friend for life. Miraculously, it happens, but as the
movie jumps 15 years, the grown-up Ted is a profane, drug-addled punk.
Making the story even more ridiculous, Mark has a beautiful, sweet
girlfriend of four years, Mila Kunis, who placidly puts up with Ted,
allowing Mark to put her in a distant second place in his affections.
The story is a
comic book fantasy. Alf was a comic book fantasy, too, in
concept. But comic book fantasies, well told with a good moral, can be
entertaining. This is not entertaining because of its low moral tone. It
is excruciating. Alf was lovable; Ted is hateful. I didn't
see it at a media screening, opting instead to see it in a theater with
real people in the audience. It seemed to me that the audience was
uniformly ready to bolt, jumping out of their seats the minute the
closing credits started to roll like the gun had just gone off for the
100 yard dash. I had to sit through it, but nobody else does.
Why do you make
a fantasy like this about a teddy bear that comes to life and make it
with such a low moral tone that no well-meaning, responsible parent
should drag a young, impressionable child to see it?