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TED (2012)

TED <span>(2012)</span> artwork

TED (2012)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 107

Release dates 01/08/2012

Ratings Info Contains strong sex references, language, drug use and brief nudity

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Seth MacFarlane

Cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Patrick Stewart (voice), Norah Jones, Sam J. Jones, Tom Skerritt

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 22/07/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TED is a comedy about a man whose childhood teddy-bear came to life. The film was classified '15' for strong sex references, strong language, drug use and brief nudity.

There are strong visual and verbal references to sexual activity throughout. In one scene, the teddy-bear character mimics various forms of sexual activity in a supermarket, using a number of products from the store. This culminates in the teddy-bear squirting soap over his own face in a simulation of ejaculation. Although the scene is crude, it is both comic and absurd in nature, particularly given that it involves an animated teddy-bear. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour'.

There is frequent use of strong language, some of which is aggressive. The Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'.

The drug use mostly comprises scenes in which the teddy-bear smokes a bong pipe. There are also some scenes showing joints being passed around and a scene in which the teddy-bear and two other characters snort cocaine in another room, with the teddy-bear emerging with white powder still on his nose. The Guidelines at '15' state 'Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'. Drug use is clearly shown to be a form of irresponsible behaviour and is both criticised and disapproved of. It is the teddy-bear's bad influence on the main human character that causes him to use drugs.

There is, finally, one brief moment of female breast nudity when the teddy-bear draws on a woman's chest in order to create the face of Garfield. There is no strong sexual element to the nudity, which is presented purely for comic purposes.


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