An Important Civil Rights Trial and Semen-Based Slapstick Unite in the First Ted 2 Trailer

By  · Published on January 29th, 2015

An Important Civil Rights Trial and Semen-Based Slapstick Unite in the First Ted 2 Trailer

Universal Pictures

A few days ahead of a promised teaser ad airing during the Super Bowl, the first full trailer for Ted 2 has arrived online. The comedy sequel is apparently a courtroom movie, in which the titular talking bear (voiced by writer/director Seth MacFarlane) has to defend his personhood in order to have a child with his new wife (Jessica Barth). So, it’s a civil rights issue film, albeit one that skips over using marriage equality as the obvious parallel.

Of course, this is also a Ted movie so it’s not so serious. We begin with the clarification that the bear can’t actually impregnate his beloved, so he recruits his buddy John (Mark Wahlberg) as a sperm surrogate. That gives them an excuse for some slippery semen-based slapstick. I’m guessing in the actual movie, it’s not all off-screen as it is in the ad. And the gross-out scenario probably goes much, much further, too.

Joining the cast as Wahlberg’s new love interest, replacing Mila Kunis (a quick knock at “happily ever after” shrugs her departure away) as a lawyer named Samantha L. Jackson, is Amanda Seyfried, plus Morgan Freeman as a civil rights attorney – an interesting actor to see, by the way, just after a joke about Samuel L. Jackson being the black guy in any movie ever – and John Slattery as a legal adversary. Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones is reportedly coming back for another cameo as “himself,” too.

Aside from the sperm bank stunt and a bit where blind people are the butt of a joke also involving a literal butt, so far this follow-up seems kinda tame. Then again, the first trailer for the original, aside from Ted humping a cash register, was relatively tame, as well. We’ll have to wait for the Red Band version for the nasty stuff better representing MacFarlane’s humor. Meanwhile, this one promises a lot more action than the first movie and looks to be a lot more enjoyable than last summer’s disappointing A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Ted 2 hits theaters on June 26th.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.