Seth Rogen redefines the meaning of “food-porn” in all the wrong, albeit funny ways. The R-rated animated comedy, Sausage Party, stars Seth Rogen as Frank, a sausage who learns the grave truth of what happens when the “gods” purchase and take them home. Unfortunately, Frank and his friends learn the truth; the “gods” will destroy them all in their bloodthirsty quest for gluttony. Frank and his shelf pals must act quickly to warn the other food of their certain doom. This unique, “effed”-up funhouse, will definitely offend you as much as it makes you die in your seat of laughter.
Despite the film’s rather short duration (one hour and 29 minutes), it fares quite well and moves quickly. Under all the shiny animation and raunchy food characters, a thought provoking story raises questions (believe it or not) about religion and indoctrination. Yes a movie about cursing, sex driven, packages of food, has a story of substance about religion that’s actually compelling! An atheist undertone carries through Sausage Party, especially as Frank (the main protagonist) tries to warn the other food of the horrifying truth about the “gods”. Aside from its anti-conformist subtext, Rogen’s ingenious use of allegory and comedy reveal perhaps an even more important message: if you think someone else is dumb, you’re not going to win him or her over by making him or her feel even stupider. And more importantly, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seem to think everyone would be happier if they were just having sex all the time.
Sausage Party benefits from a stellar ensemble of voice actors with performances from Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, and a spattering of other hilarious, sometimes offensive cameos. Everyone in the cast from top to bottom does an excellent job of bringing to life the world of food, and the not so subtle crude reality that afflicts them.
I tremendously enjoyed Sausage Party. Whether its crude humor, graphic comedy, or even the thought provoking plot, all of it came in excess, and worked spectacularly. In addition, its balls-to-the-walls social commentary and talented voice cast make the film insanely effective and entertaining. This is not your children’s Toy Story, as the last ten minutes of the film will make abundantly clear. Sausage Party lives on raunchy, wild, hysterical, gags and jokes, that all comes together in a mostly satisfying way.
Overall: Sausage Party is a raunchy, animated comedy, which works not only on a superficial level, but succeeds where most comedies of its kind fail.
3 1/2 Stars
Rutgers Student studying Political Science & Government with a minor in Journalism who has an interest in the intersection of journalism and political movements.