As someone who detests Family Guy on general principle and not at all into the bwall-bustin' tone of Seth MacFarlane's style of humor, this movie came across as mostly mediocre to me.
What I liked about the movie was limited to Giovanni Ribisi's minor creepy-spastic performance as a dad who wants to buy Ted for his son. That and a very special cameo appearance that I don't dare spoil for anyone here should they go see the movie. Seriously, if you intend to see the movie, stay away from this info. It was an absolute delight when it happened.
Having recently enjoyed Whalberg during a rewatch of I HEART HUCKABEES, I admired how game Whalberg was for TED. Unfortunately, his character feels mostly relegated to the background despite the fact that his maturation is supposed to be the primary arc of the story. Ted is obviously the star of the movie and the reason the movie exists.
The packed screening crowd ate it up. Unfortunately, this is one of those movies where my laughter and the audience's laughter were usually at odds. I also had someone sitting behind me who had a haggish cackle. Particularly annoying since she laughed at EVERYTHING.
The movie has a lot of cute references to 80s pop culture. Pretty obvious ones, but oh well.