On paper Ted shouldn't work - a boy wishes his teddy bear was real, gets his wish and grows up with said bear still as his best friend but the trailer convinced me that it might actually be funny.
And it is, laugh out loud funny but there is still something just a little bit awkward about the story. It almost feels extraneous to the funny bits where the grown man is hanging out with his pot-smoking, drinking, womanising soft toy. His girlfriend basically wants him to grow up, take responsibility for his life and not be so influenced by Ted but can the two friends be parted?
Take This Waltz
Was really looking forward to this as it has the wonderful Michelle Williams in it. It's about a happy couple Margot (Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) who's relationship is challenged by the arrival of neighbour Daniel (Luke Kirby) who falls for Margot. As Margot examines her feelings for Daniel, from a distance, it make her assess her relationship and what she has with Lou.
It is a nicely subtle, gentle film, human in that is resists extremes - none of the characters do anything particularly wrong and are all likeable - but that's about it. It was well acted, pleasant, interesting and mildly engaging, slightly long but that is about it. It didn't blow me away, it didn't quite tug on the emotions as it could have but it was nice to watch for a bit.
What can I say? It's more Bourne but with a different Bourne - Jeremy Renner. The story is essentially the same, those that created him are now out to get him and this time he picks up a female side kick in the form of scientist Rachel Weiss along the way.
If you are happy with the concept and sitting back, disengaging brain and watching the action unfold then you'll enjoy it. If you are expecting anything different or a development of the idea, plot twists etc then you'll be disappointed. It's more of the same and I liked the same so it worked perfectly for a wet Saturday afternoon.
I'm going to give it 60% based on entertainment value although it would get 20% for originality. On IMDb it's got 71% with a metascore of 61%, while on Rotten Tomatoes is has got 55% with 58% of site visitors rating it 3.5 stars or higher.