It’s a lot of fun cuddling up with Ted… if you don’t mind all the hookers, pot smoke, foul-mouthed jabs and the fact the stuffed bear isn’t wearing any pants. Nope, don’t mind it at all.

From the whacked, boy-man mind of Seth MacFarlane comes the hilarious story about 8-year-old John Bennett who wishes his teddy bear to life and then spends the next 28 years hanging out with the furry fellow. You see how Ted achieves his 15-minutes of fame as a real-live talking stuffed animal but then how the fame fades, leaving just Ted and John to carry on.

John (Mark Wahlbeg) is now 35, works for a rental car company and lives with his girlfriend of four years, Lori (Mila Kunis). Ted lives with them, too, and has become a moocher and slacker who only wants to get stoned and watch the awesomely cheesy 1980 film, Flash Gordon, with his BFF. Lori likes Ted but understandably feels like the stuffed one is holding John back by not allowing John to really grow up. John really wants to be with Lori, so he asks Ted to move out, still promising to hang out. And hang out they continue to do, in some fairly sidesplitting ways.

After some stellar turns in Date Night and The Other Guys, Wahlberg has once again proven his comedic chops, playing the sweet, kind-hearted straight man to a CGI character. Wahlberg may not have a giant range as an actor on the whole, but for a guy who started his career in action flicks, he now has an even firmer handle on comedy. Family Guy creator MacFarlane IS Ted, of that I am sure, and sounds more than a little like his Family Guy alter ego, Peter Griffin (in fact, the film makes fun of that at one point). Kunis fits right in as well, having been a part of MacFarlane’s brilliantly messed-up world for 12 years as the voice of Meg on FG. She’s also perfected the hapless girlfriend role and although she doesn’t have as much to do in Ted as we’ve seen in the past, Kunis still makes her presence known. There are also a few standout supporting turns from Joel McHale, as Lori’s sleazy boss; Patrick Warburton as John’s work mate; and Giovanni Ribisi as a creepy Ted stalker.

I know, Ted sounds pretty preposterous, but in his first feature film foray, MacFarlane just hits the comedic nail on the head — if you’re willing to look past the fact it’s about a cute, cuddly looking teddy bear who has sex with woman by using produce. There are some freakin’ hilarious moments in Ted, like when Ted has a party and Flash Gordon himself (a choice cameo by actor Sam J. Jones) shows up or when John and Ted beat the holy hell out of one another. The thing is, MacFarlane infuses just the right amount of raunchiness and heart. That’s right, Ted has a soft side (pun intended), which gives the comedy a surprisingly tender core about the true meaning of friendship.

Obviously, MacFarlane fans (of which there are many) will laugh their asses off watching Ted – but even if you’re not a Family Guy, your keen sense of humor should take over.