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Ted 2 | DVD review - Mark Wahlberg and his talking teddy bear are rude, crude and sometimes hilarious

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Did we need a sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s shamelessly rude 2012 buddy comedy about a Boston slacker and his living teddy bear chum?

Probably not, but given the first film’s humungous box-office success, follow-up Ted 2 was surely inevitable.

Mark Wahlberg is back as stoner John and MacFarlane again voices the stuffed bear. Ted is now unhappily married to his brassy sweetheart (Jessica Barth) and faces legal wrangles when the authorities declare him ‘property’, not a person, leaving Ted and John to seek help from Amanda Seyfried’s pot-smoking rookie lawyer.

The jokes are definitely hit and miss, and many US-centric cultural references will be lost on UK viewers, but there’s more than enough puerile fun here to keep fans of the first film satisfied.

Certificate 15. Runtime 112 mins. Director Seth MacFarlane

Ted 2 is available in theatrical and extended versions on Blu-ray & DVD from 23 November from Universal Studios Home Entertaiment.

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.