The film is chock full of pop culture references and bouts of randomness, but not to the point to make me ill like the show which gave Seth a name. Here, it's in moderation, and done splendidly. Ted is a new spin on the bromance genre, and terribly well done. This film is essentially about growing up, and adjusting friendships so as to not leave a loved one behind. I get that.
Also, I love Mila Kunis in this film (and also "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") whereas I don't feel the same way about a lot of the female leads. They usually come across as flat, and have me route for the guy and his BFF to run away together. But with Mila? It's true--two points make a line and not a pattern, but she works in films like this. I want the guy to work things out with her in films. She's a great candidate for America's Next Sweetheart (so long Julia, Sandra and Reese!). Mila is in!
I'd rank this film up there, maybe even a bit ahead of, "Role Models" and "I Love You, Man"--two bromances I love. Oh, and "Superbad," though I think that was more of an undercover gay romance as opposed to a bromance.
So go on then--go see "Ted"! You won't regret it, or your *money back!
*Note: I can't actually get your money back, but I'm sure you'll love it anyway.