I watched this movie because of the Comcast movie review and was immensely disappointed. I wouldn’t give Ted 3 stars let alone claim it was a 4 star gem. It had a couple decent fart jokes, some crack shots at celebs, a borderline passable plot, and some funny old school references. This was a universal 2 star movie to anyone who has ever tried to critique a movie before. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 68%. There is a certain type of emotion that you expect to feel from a 4 star movie like Forrest Gump or Schindler’s List. You leave the movie thinking that you just saw an incredible work of art that conveyed a poignant message. Ted showed me the process of a bear coming to life making jokes along the way.
This movie review reminded me of the very average 21 Jump Street that was also given an unbelievable 4 stars. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the studios are paying for these reviews. Why? I’m not exactly sure but I’ll make a few guesses. One thing is for certain though, it makes me question the validity of the Comcast review system. The other obvious thought is that if they’re playing me on movie reviews, what else are they trying to get past the customers?
DVD sales have already come and gone so a 4 star rating won’t affect that much. I suppose people who see a 4 star movie are more apt to watch it but since they are already paying for HBO, it’s not like HBO is getting more money from it. Maybe trial plans will convert at a higher frequency if they see HBO shows good movies. It’s completely possible I’m totally missing the reasoning behind the stellar review but I feel cheated by that TV guide. I rely on that to tell me quality movies and if there’s no trust in the relationship, what do you really have? This isn’t an issue with old school movies because they’ve already been reviewed and it seems the guide just goes along with past reviews. These newer movies though that rely on a Comcast review are getting mixed up. Anyone else think this?