Sausage Party review
Animation has the ability to give live to things that we previously would have never considered. Disney and Pixar in particular have brought cars, toys, rats, bugs, fish, and robots a humanized life and a study on what their purpose is, now with thoughts and feelings. There’s a magic within that, so it’s not uncommon for other things we could explore to see what their perspective of the world would be like. For toys in Toy Story, it’s a joy land of children and imagination, but with a dark side of childhood eventually ending. For bugs in A Bugs Life, it’s more of a survival of the fittest as their several kinds of insects out there. How about food?
Today’s movie shows that food may have the worst when it comes to their purpose. Writer and actor Seth Rogan not only wanted to explore what that world of humanized food would be like, but to do in his adult context. R rated animated movies are a rarity, but it’s nice to see a studio like Sony take a chance on a risk. You could even argue that because adult cartoons are more popular on television now, R rated animated films could have a bigger opportunity. Let’s see if Sausage Party invoke more adult animated stories.
In a market called “Shopwells”, each morning opens with the food signing (it’s made clear in the beginning that people cannot see them move or talk) about their desire to be chosen by the “gods” to be taken out of the store into the “Great Beyond”. One area with all the forth of July food, contains sausages and buns. One sausage, Frank (played by Seth Rogan), along with Carl (played by Jonah Hill) and Barry (played by Michael Cera) are hoping to be chosen with a set of buns next to them, which contains Frank’s girlfriend, Brenda (played by Kristen Wiig)
When a jar of honey mustard commits suicide, this causes the shopping cart where the sausages and buns were chosen to collapse. This causes Frank and Brenda to slip out of their packaging, leaving them behind in the store while everyone else goes to the “Great Beyond”. Frank and Brenda are told to go to a set of imperishable foods to learn the truth about their existence. Along the way, they encounter a taco lesbian Teresa (played by Selma Hayek), a Jewish bagel Sammy Bagel Jr (played by Edward Nortin) and bottle of Liquor Firewater (played by Bill Hader).
I cannot stress enough of how important it is to understand that Sausage Party is not for children. I’m twenty-nine and I’m not old enough for this. I’m not even sure if my parents are old enough for this. There is so much swearing, violence, and sexual content (including a three minute food orgy somewhere), that Sausage Party has earned it’s R rating and them some. Within all the crass is a well-written script that is sort of an analogy to real life religion. While I wouldn’t call this movie an atheist story, I can understand that many people would be turned off.
I can defiantly say it’s a smart script, though I’ll admit that the constant crass does wear off after a while. It’s funny, but when your dialogue is almost nothing but swears, it makes for a repetitive attitude that I doubt the film is aware of. Story wise, it does feel a little stretched (and this is an eighty minute movie). Part of me thinks this might have worked better as an hour long special on Netflix, but you can still tell by the number of comedians in this along with some great animation that Sausage Party has it’s moments.
I’ll give this three hot dog sausages out of five. Sausage Party is an acquired taste movie, and though I might watch it once more, I can see a lot of people playing this at parties. Speaking of which, Sausage Party is an ADULT PARTY ONLY. LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME!