Far be it from me to lobby for you guys to become homebodies…
Get out, party, have a good time, go to a concert, movie, comedy club – anything. Why waste away at home if you don’t have to?
There are times however to pull back and not get sucker-punched by Hollywood.
And one such time is staring you in the face in the form of the new Mark Wahlberg movie Ted.
I know, I know, Jack stuck up a bunch of fingers and it’s taking names and kicking butt at the box office. But don’t get fooled, like I did yesterday.
Stick with the laffs you’ll get watching the trailer and quit while you’re ahead.
I found out how bad Ted was the hard way yesterday at a 4:20 p.m. screening in a packed theater.
OMG, I can’t remember the last time I was this bored and didn’t unleash a single laugh.
And I’m an easy mark. I’m even thinking about going back to see Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter a second time since I missed it in 3D the first time. And I liked Dark Shadows.
But I wasn’t alone in being underwhelmed by Ted.
There were predictable, scattered laughs throughout the theater, but by and large the crowd was pretty quiet. Like me.
And none of the laffs I heard could be described as "uproarious."
Trust me, Ted may have done business like The Hangover but it’s no Hangover. Not even close.
I finally bailed early after wrestling more than half an hour with slipping into another theater or asking for a refund.
Now check out what director Seth MacFarlane said about Ted in an interview.
"One, it’s my first movie so there’s going to be a lot of eyes on it. Two, if it doesn’t do well, eh, it’s just my first movie, I’ll get better. For me, it’s got to be received well enough that it doesn’t seem insane to make another one. My first movie can’t be ‘Ishtar.’"
Talk about prophetic