Cert: 15 Runtime: 89 mins Director: Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Salma Hayek, Bill Hader, James Franco, Edward Norton and Paul Rudd
Once you see that shit, it’ll fuck you up for life
We all love a Seth Rogen written movie and this time it’s animated! Sausage Party has been a film that has been in the pipeline for some time. Probably this is the biggest adult animation to come out since the South Park movie. It has a massive cast list full of the best comedic actors working today. So what is Sausage Party about? Down at Shopwell’s supermarket, the food items have just one goal in life: to be picked by customers. They believe these benevolent giants will then whisk them off to paradise. All they have to do is remain pure and pristine until they’re chosen. That means Frank the sausage (Seth Rogan) is unable to consummate his relationship with alluring bun Brenda (Kristen Wiig). But Frank and his friends are about to discover the awful truth about what awaits them in the ‘great beyond’!
Sausage Party often feels like two films in one. On the superficial level it is a dumb, crass, raunchy sex comedy with talking, orgy- loving food characters to appeal to the same stoner crowd as Pineapple Express. On another level, it is an intelligent and well- observed social commentary with witty takes on current social issues related to religion, race, sexuality, and world conflict. This is the film’s strength and flaw. The worst of the film is when it is being too dumb and juvenile, with punchlines extending to nothing more than a blurted profanity, a lazy racial slur, or a sex joke that would make a 13 year old laugh. Too much of the film is like this, and a probable sequel would be much improved by focusing up and being less immature.
Filled with endless amounts of talent both voicing and behind the camera, Sausage Party always keeps you entertained. There’s never really a dull moment on screen, but as the film progresses, those moments just become overdone gags and jokes that tend to take things just one step too far. It’s not that I ever wanted realism with this type of premise, but I would have hoped for a little more subtly in certain areas.The biggest problem that I had with this movie is that while there were plenty of jokes that landed, they were few and far in between for much of the movie. There are big stretches of the film where characters are saying really shocking and raunchy things, but none of them got laughs. It would essentially feel like I was watching a hot dog and a bun just talk about sex in really grave detail, and when it wasn’t funny, it just kinda felt weird to watch. The ending will leave you flabbergasted!