Review – Sausage Party (2016)

by Nile Fortner

Is This What Happens When You Get High While Watching ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’?

Life is good for all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank, played by comedian stoner Seth Rogen (known for Knocked Up and Pineapple Express) is a hot dog, Brenda, played by Kristen Wiig (known for Bridesmaids and the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel) is the hot dog bun, Teresa Taco, played by Salma Hayek(known for Frida and Everly) and Sammy Bagel Jr. played by Edward Norton (known for Fight Club and American History X) can’t wait to go home with a happy customer, because they see human beings as Gods.

Soon, their world comes crashing down as poor Frank learns the horrifying truth that he will eventually become a tasty mouthwatering meal. After warning his pals about their similar fate, the panicked perishables devise a plan to escape from their human enemies. Sausage Party is raunchy, rowdy, completely insane, and an animated blast at the theater.

Once again, we have the entire Seth Rogen entourage returning in this movie. We have James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson, David Krumholtz (known for The Santa Clause and The Judge), and Nick Kroll (known for Get Him to the Greek and Dinner for Schmucks). They all do exceptional voices, especially Bill Hader.

From the opening scene, you’re already on edge, smiling, giggling, and you soon find yourself busting your gut and spilling laughter. It was such a funny and clever opening. Especially if you know how a majority of children’s animation movies open. The directors of this movie are Conrad Vernon (known for Shrek 2 and Puss in Boots) and Greg Tiernan. So these two know how to craft an exceptional animated film, and once again, they prove to us they can do it again.

Let’s Spoon…Fork Off!

Even though this film is offensive, foul, uses a ton of profanity, it actually is thought-provoking, entertaining, funny, and has a message to its audience. The movie actually does get a little emotional and mentally deep. For instance, how is peanut butter made without the death of peanuts? How is jelly made when you murder grapes? What makes us who we are?

In all seriousness, the film does raise some questions and has a message for the viewers. At first, I thought this was going to be a straight-up comedy. On the other hand, the film is trying to show viewers their personal messages. The film tries to be a thinking man’s animated movie by implying messages about religion, God, race, politics, history, war, and separation. The film is even poking fun at Disney movies, stereotypes, how and what we consume in our bodies for fuel, health, and I’m sure there are a lot more I may have missed. You gather all these themes, put them in an ‘R’ rated animated film and you get Sausage Party.

Too Much Mustard on That One

The movie was not consistently laugh out loud funny as if I thought it would be. After a while, the profanity got a little stale. Yes, I understand a hot dog saying ‘fuck’ is funny, but they could have toned it down. In addition, the movie gets a little too wrapped up in the message it wants to share with the viewers at times. One thing I personally found awkward, was it felt like the movie kept reminding us we are in an ‘R’ rated animated film by using the language and how the message was constantly in your face.

Food Fight

Accordingly, the film starts to show us more of this world. We start to realize it’s not just food that is alive. Condoms, bathroom supplies, and other objects come to life as well. I really felt bad for toilet paper. In the film, a hot dog asks toilet paper, “What do they (the humans) do to you?” Toilet paper responds, “You don’t want to fucking know.” At this point, this is when the food and other objects get together to fight the humans and fight for what they believe in. This food fight was one of my favorite parts of the film.

Overall, I enjoyed the film, I thought it was smart, had a message, and made for good entertainment. Some of the jokes do fall a little flat and get old. Nevertheless, they make up for it in so many clever ways. Please if you have children, do not show them this movie, unless you want your child to have a panic attack in the middle of a Publix. I believe ‘Sausage Party’ earns a…

3 out of 5 Hairpieces!

 

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