It would be fair to say that whether one enjoyed or hated the raucous and crude humour of Ted that Seth MacFarlane delivers more of exactly the same here. As before, the film is firmly and solidly founded in a stoner mentality and revels in the hijinks of men who remain in a perpetual state of boyhood. This leads to some undeniably funny scenes like Ted and John performing their own singalong to the Law and Order (1990-2010) theme tune, the deliriously absurd image of Ted going scuba diving, their attempts to break in and steal Tom Bradys sperm and an ongoing joke about a penis-shaped bong and that which approaches the questionably mean-spirited games throwing apples at joggers from the roof, Patrick Warburton punching out nerds at the New York Comic-Con.
Both films are largely predicated around the same un-PC humour where MacFarlane seems to be trying to pushing an envelope to see how far he can get away with such things as making racial jokes or jibes at gay sexuality in one scene here, Ted and Mark Wahlberg go to an improv comedy night and shout out bad taste answers like 9/11, Charlie Hedbo and Bill Cosby. Ones tolerance for this sort of humour is very much a matter of personal taste, although it should be said that MacFarlane at least manages to be offensive in an amiably inoffensive way it is hard to come out of the film and feel outraged that he is taking potshots at minorities in any kind of serious way.
As before, there is a good deal of fanservice humour and the first films success has led to a greater range of celebrity cameos. Sam J. Jones is back and with a much more expanded role. There is a very funny scene that involve Liam Neeson in Taken mode turning up to buy a box of cereal (which has a follow-up if one stays all the way after the credits) and another with Jay Leno and the mens bathroom. Patrick Warburton is back and now with Michael Dorn as his boyfriend there is a cute piece of fanservice where both appear at Comic-Con in costume as The Tick and Worf, an in-joke in that these are the roles either actor is most famous for within fandom. Equally, MacFarlane stages a big fight at Comic-Con for no other reason than we can get to see Daleks, Robby the Robot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a Godzilla and people in Star Trek and Star Wars costume, among a great many others, fighting it out together.
Ted 2 has more of a plot than the first film this time it is about the quest to ratify Teds legal status as a person, which gives the stoner gags more of a narrative drive than the first film had. Mark Wahlberg gets a new romantic interest in Amanda Seyfried, who I have always regarded one of the most talented of the young actresses of today. Indeed, Seyfried. who has never done comedy before teaming up with MacFarlane here and in A Thousand Ways, ends up considerably holding her own against the two guys (something Mila Kunis never quite did in the first film). Some of the most outrageous lines are poked at her wide-eyed look the one where she asks Have I got Fuck Me eyes? to which Ted responds No, you got the Give Me The Ring, My Precious eyes, brings the house down and there are several subsequent jibes fired in the direction of Gollum comparisons.