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June 29, 2012 5:00 AM

Laughs make vulgarity of ‘Ted’ bearable

There are moments in Seth MacFarlane’s new comedy “Ted” so flagrantly vulgar — bits involving parsnips and hand lotion and human excrement (though thankfully not all together) — that you are inevitably reminded of John Waters, the maestro of bad taste who held up a fun-house mirror to America in the 1970s and ’80s in movies such as “Pink Flamingos” and “Polyester,” showing us that we are not nearly so upstanding as we would like to pretend.

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