Review: Sausage Party
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have teamed up and made plenty of raunchy comedies filled with stoner humor over the past few years. Sausage Party continues that trend but in a much different way while also being a bit smarter then their previous films. The idea of making this an animated film does lend itself to a few more laughs due to the originality and ability to do more gags that you couldn't necessarily do in a live action film. However, that does wear thin a bit in the second act only for Rogen and Goldberg to surprise us yet again and up the craziness once more. Sausage Party is a comedy film unlike any that I have seen in recent memory and may just end up being one of my favorite films of the year thus far. The idea of the film and the parody of religion make it equally smart and hilarious. There is truly no one out there making comedies quite like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, they have continued to top themselves and change with the times all the while continuously making hit after hit. Sausage Party may just be their best offering yet.
The plot follows Frank (Seth Rogen), the sausage, and Brenda (Kristen Wiig), the bun, as they have fallen in love but are confined to their packaging inside the local supermarket known as "Shopwell's". Frank, inside his packaging is with his friends Carl (Jonah Hill) and the deformed sausage known as Barry (Michael Cera). One day their world comes crashing down as Frank learns the horrifying truth from a honey mustard jar that had seen this other side and that he will eventually become a meal, as will the rest of his friends. After learning this truth he attempts to tell his friends only to be turned away, this then leads him on a path of self discovery as he looks for proof to persuade them all to join him against their oppressors. The humans that would swoop them off of their shelves would be revered as Gods that would take them to their homes known as The Great Beyond and that reality becomes increasingly more difficult for Frank to break.
This is a very unique film and surprisingly never falls into the trap of doing the same joke over and over again, which is something that plagues comedies as of late. The fact that this film both uses the inevitable sexual innuendoes on top of poking fun at religion to add to the humor make all the better. In fact those two things help make the film move along the plot in a rather enjoyable way. This film easily could have been a bore after the novelty of the animated nature wore off, the cute factor wears off but the writing continued to top itself and the laughs kept coming. In the second act, the film does lose some steam however but the film's climax will be something that I don't think I will ever be able to forget any time soon. Personally, I cannot remember a time where the entire theater had ever laughed that hard.
It is hard to commend an actors performance when it comes down to an animated film but it was rather interesting to see how the actors were on board with making fun of themselves. The most obvious case of this would be Nick Kroll as the vengeful Douche. Even though it was poking fun at himself, he ended up being one of the funnier characters in the film despite how annoying he could have come across. Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Jr is another case considering the bagel hears the name Edward Norton Jr and continues to make fun of the name for a good portion of time. Those types of jokes were in full affect and it may be a trend that continues in light of the success of Deadpool earlier in the year. That kind of transparency lends itself to more laughs. Overall, this film had a surprisingly thought provoking story line to back itself up with the endless laughs while some may not like it do to the amount of profanity and offensive nature. With that being said it is still impressive to see how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg continue to put their stamp on the modern American comedy genre.