Ted sequel will bear-ly satisfy fans of original

Ted 2. Photo: PA Photo/FUniversal

Ted 2. Photo: PA Photo/FUniversal

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TED 2 (15, 116 mins) Comedy/Romance/Action. Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried. Director: Seth MacFarlane.

In 2012, writer-director Seth MacFarlane’s mismatched buddy comedy Ted was a

surprise hit.

Man’s best friend wasn’t a dog after all – it was a potty-mouthed, talking teddy with a penchant for beer, bongs and scantily clad ladies.

Sadly, the bear necessities of modern life don’t stretch to a second film because Ted 2 is padded with as much fluff as the huggable hero.

The sequel is a vast improvement on MacFarlane’s previous film, A Million Ways To Die In The West, but even root canal treatment would be preferable to a repeat viewing of that tumbleweed spoof.

The sweetness and

romance, which distinguished the original Ted, have been

diluted to the point of blandness here and a climactic set piece at a pop culture convention is an unsightly mess.

Direction plods along without any urgency and politically incorrect, gross-out interludes are laced with malice.

Between the frequent yawns, MacFarlane conjures moments of magic – new love interest Amanda Seyfried’s a cappella rendition of Mean Ol’ Moon, and a bizarre yet hilarious cameo by Liam Neeson – but these are fleeting.