This animated adult (and I really mean ADULT) movie is shocking and hilarious, but might also be one of the more intelligent films to tackle several taboo subjects.
Directors: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
Writers: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill
Stars: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Anders Holm, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny Mc Bride, Lauren Miller, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd
In the chain grocery store of Shopwells, a package of hot dog friends, Frank (Rogen), Carl (Hill), and Barry (Cera) are waiting to be chosen along with Frank’s girlfriend, Brenda (Wiig) the bun and her package mates. The Gods (us humans) come by their store every day and selected those to take to the great beyond. But the night before the Red, White, and Blue day, when all hot dogs and buns are selected by the Gods, Frank starts to learn the truth about the Great Beyond and must go looking for answers with the help of Barry (Norton), Lavash (Krumholtz), and Teresa (Hayek) before he and his friends are killed.
Religion, abstinence, monogamy, homo- and heterosexuality, gluttony, and Nazis are referenced in the opening song of Sausage Party, and that is just the tip (oh there is a couple of jokes about the “just the tip” method of abstinence practice in there too) of the iceberg. The film goes on to demolish the boundaries of racism, race stereotypes, PTSD, suicide, stealing of land from the Native Americans, the fight over the Gaza Strip, perversion of religious text for genocide, rape, drug use, and steroid use in the most horrifyingly hysterical way with a couple of amusing Meatloaf jokes thrown in for good measure. Twink’s (Scott Underwood) warning of “once you see that shit, it’ll fuck you up for life” is not just in the trailer as a joke, it is truth. I will never look at food or how grocery aisles are grouped the same way again.
This is not a movie everyone will enjoy. Those who have the slightest predilection to go all PC Police will absolutely hate Sausage Party because they will not be able to get past the joke and see the message behind it. What is the message exactly? Well I’m not going to tell you that. It is not a spoiler or anything, it is just one of those things where it is better if you discover it for yourself. Of course right after the heartwarming message is delivered, chaos breaks out, then the most perverted sex scene of any mainstream film I have ever seen happens (and that includes the puppet sex in Team America: World Police).
There are some downsides to the extreme and unrelenting perversion. Some of the jokes become very obvious and overused. It is a dark comedy, but the aggression of the jokes got a little too bleak at times. Since it is a cartoon, they are able to push the boundaries of the violent and sexual humor to the point of almost unnecessary overkill; but the entire film lives in extremes so it is to be expected.
There isn’t really much more that I can say here other than if you have a good sense of humor, go see Sausage Party. If you are faint of heart or have ever thought a comedian should be censored because he/she made a joke about a sensitive subject, stay very far away. Those of us who loved this film don’t want to hear your SJW rants on why Sausage Party is racist, misogynistic, or insensitive in any way. That is kind of the point.
4 1/2 out of 5 Stars