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Justin Timberlake

When Justin Timberlake announced that he was putting his musical career on semi-hiatus to pursue a career as an actor many laughed. They had every right to; after all many singers had tried to take that path and failed miserable, some in spectacular very public performances as anyone who ever saw “Glitter” would attest to.

On reflection, the move shouldn’t have been such a shock. After all, Timberlake had made his entertainment debut as a young star on the television show “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Even when he was at his peak with pop group NYSNC, he was making appearances in television shows including “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Touched By An Angel.”

Even before his first solo album in 2002, Timberlake had appeared in the Disney television movie “Model Behavior,” had an uncredited role in feature film “On The Line” and also appeared in the crime comedy “Longshot.”

Timberlake’s first starring role in a film came in 2005’s crime thriller “Edison,” a film that was well received and also saw Timberlake share the screen with acting royalty like Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. From there he soon found himself also getting good write-ups from critics for his roles in “Alpha Dog” and “Black Snake Moan.” However, the same couldn’t be said for “Southland Tales” or “The Love Guru.” The latter may have starred Mike Myers and Jessica Alba, but it is universally regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

“The Love Guru” did have a negative effect on Timberlake’s career. It seemed even a voice acting role in the popular “Shrek The Third” couldn’t really over turn the negative press that came from “The Love Guru” and soon he found himself appearing in other poorly received films like “The Open Road” (alongside Ted Danson) and the straight-to-video action flick “Next Big Thing.”

The string of bad films had started some of the Timberlake-haters saying they had been right all along and that Justin Timberlake’s film career was dead in the water. That soon changed though when director David Fincher took a chance on Timberlake and cast him as Napster creator Sean Parker in the well-received biopic “The Social Network.” Many critics referenced the fact that Timberlake stole the show with his performance and it seemed that the good press was enough to kick start his career once again.

Soon he was voicing the crowd favorite Boo Boo in “Yogi Bear” and then making the adults laugh in the underrated comedies “Bad Teacher” (with Cameron Diaz) and “Friends With Benefits” (with Mila Kunis. “In Time” saw Timberlake add science fiction to the growing list of genres that he had tackled while his appearance alongside Clint Eastwood in the baseball flick “Trouble With The Curve” while his role in the Coen Brother’s flick “Inside Llewyn Davis” showed the arthouse crowd that Timberlake does indeed have some fine acting skills. Sadly, his appearance alongside Ben Affleck in the thriller “Runner Runner” was let down by a poor script, but any decent cinema goer now knows that Timberlake has enough acting points in the bank to get over one bad role.

There is no doubting that Justin Timberlake has now made it as an actor and seeing that his last solo album was poorly received by the critics, he should be feeling very happy that he chose a career on the big screen over one behind the microphone.

Summary: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John s side ever since – a friendship that s tested when Lori, John s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st November, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Cast: Jessica Barth (Tami-Lynn), Ryan Butcher (Callum Oldfield), Ted Danson (himself), Kristina Ellery (Heavenly), Sarah Fischer (Sauvignon Blanc), Ginger Gonzaga (Gina), Lydia Hannibal (Ellen), Norah Jones (herself), Sam J. Jones (himself), Tm Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants (voice)), Mila Kunis (Lori Collins), Katelyn Lorren (Cherene), Seth MacFarlane (Ted (voice)), Bretton Manley (Young John), Joel McHale (Rex), Ed McMahon (himself), Aedin Mincks (Robert), Melissa Ordway (Michelle), Ryan Reynolds (Jared), Ray Romano (himself), Giovanni Ribisi (Donny), Colton Shires (Teenage John), Tom Skerritt (himself), Bill Smitrovich (Frank), Chanty Sok (Angelique), Patrick Stewart (Narrator), Jessica Stroup (Tracy), Mark Wahlberg (John Bennett), Matt Walsh (Thomas), Laura Vandervoort (Tanya), John Viener (Alix), Patrick Warburton (Guy), Robert Wu (Ming)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Ted’ Review:

When a film has the power to have a whole audience in stitches, reduce three to have asthma attacks and have others laughing so much that they are almost falling into the aisles in stitches you know that you are onto a comedy that achieves its aim. That is exactly what happened at the first screening of Ted in Melbourne.

From the pen of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane comes Ted the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg – Contraband, The Fighter) a man who as a boy wished that his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane – TV’S Family Guy & The Cleveland Show) could talk.

In a Christmas miracle Ted to begin talk and soon became a celebrity but as the years went by his star begin to fade and he turned into a foul-mouthed, bad tempered teddy bear. Now John is faced with a challenge get rid of his life-long buddy or risk losing his beautiful girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis – Friends With Benefits, Black Swan).

Meanwhile Lori’s boss Rex (Joel McHale – TV’S Community, The Big Year) is making a play for Lori while Donny (Giovanni Ribisi – Contraband, The Rum Diary) is hell-bent on stealing Ted for his creepy son.

MacFarlane’s pen takes Ted into all kinds of areas of ‘wrong’ humor yet you can’t help but laughing at all of them – he certainly takes hold of the old saying ‘if you’re going to offend someone, offend everyone’. To be blunt MacFarlane has actually created one of the funniest scripts of all time… it’s crass but still high brow.

Lots of filmmakers have promised that their romantic comedy is going to be a ‘rom com with a difference’ but they nearly always end up following the same formula as all the ones before it, but Ted is the one that bucks that trend. Yes it has a foul-mouthed teddy bear but at the end the day this is a romance that is basically a girlfriend asking a boyfriend to change… but it’s the creative way that MacFarlane does it that makes it a winner.

The other big winners from Ted are Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. Both continue to show that they have the skills to make a comedy funny while they are brilliantly supported by the likes of Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton (Sophomore, Action Hero) who all benefit from the fact that MacFarlane realizes the importance of support characters. In fact Joel McHale just shows that his comedy timing in the hit television show Community is no fluke… he is certainly one of the comedy finds of this generation.

Ted is a sensational comedy that will have you laughing from start to finish. Just remember if your asthmatic to take along your Ventolin and maybe a sewing kit just in case you found yourself doubled over or in the aisle in stiches. To be blunt Ted is one of the funniest comedies to surface in a long, long time.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Ted’: http://www.helium.com/items/2343569-movie-reviews-ted-2012.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Ted (2012) on IMDb