Sausage Party Review: Four Stars.
Let me make this clear, cause I heard children in the movie theater I was in, and it seems that parents are still doing a poor job. This movie is not for your kids! It is rated R for a reason. Cartoon or not, the type of movies Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make are not for anyone under 12. We had the same issue earlier in the year when Deadpool came out. You're responsible for your kids, not the filmmakers. Now that I've said that, let's get the ball rolling on this review.
What the f*** did I just watch?
Sausage Party in an animated comedy about food in a grocery store as they discover the truth of their lives, and what really happens to them when people take them home. Seth Rogen voices Frank, a hot dog still in his package with all the other hot dogs, as they wake up to another glorious day on their supermarket shelf. The food start the day off with a song when the store opens. They believe that people are Gods, and that when they are selected we will carry them to the Great Beyond. Fourth of July is near, and the hot dogs and the hot dog buns are praying they are chosen for they know they will be selected on, "Red, White, and Blue Day!" Brenda, voiced by Kristen Wiig, is a bun with firm beliefs. She has a strong relationship with Frank and she wants to save herself from letting Frank inside of her to not upset the Gods, fearing the ultimate punishment, but she can't help from stating what she really wants so badly.
After an incident involving a honey mustard jar who has learned the truth and tries to warn everyone before committing suicide leaves Frank and Brenda on the grocery store floor after being selected and put into a shopping cart. Frank was left curious after he was told the Great Beyond is all a lie, while Brenda feels that the honey mustard jar was just crazy and that they should find another package to get into before they are thrown away. In the shopping cart incident was also an actual douche bag, voiced by Nick Kroll, who blames Frank after his nozzle is broken when he falls off the shopping cart. He seeks revenge for no longer having a purpose, and he "juices up" by drinking the juice out of a dying juice box, which of course implies steroids, beefing him up as he runs after Frank and Brenda for robbing him of his purpose. Meanwhile, the food that did make it learn of the truth when the woman who bought them brings them in the kitchen. They will be cooked and eaten.
The movie has a funny take on religion, and how blindly and faithfully the food worship the Gods, depriving themselves of simple pleasures. It's not to say that the filmmakers are Atheists, or that they are telling us to not believe in a higher power. The film suggests that we should just live our lives without worrying that we won't get into heaven because we just don't know what happens after we die. The movie also deals with racism and the intolerance of other people's religions as all the food in the store represent people of all different ethnicities. The Mexican food are Mexicans, of course. The English tea are English, there is even a pita wrap that represents the Palestinian people, and a neurotic bagel with the voice of Woody Allen who is, of course, Jewish. The pita wrap and bagel constantly argue over the "Holy Land" (their aisle), and who it really belongs too. It is in this smart way that the movie hysterically mimics our world.
It is also full of sexual innuendos that are clever when you hear stuff like, "I can't wait to fill that bun with my meat!" which of course is a literal bun and sausage talking to each other. The whole movie is filled with those types of jokes, and it never gets old because of the inventive ways the writers get away with saying nasty things in a cartoon. Then again it shows us how dirty minded people really are when looking at the literal version of what is being said. Even the Douche bag acts like a Douche as he insults everyone, juices up, and is very self-centered and violent.
The movie leaves you discussing it's complex adult themes well after the movie is done, but you can't help but smile when you do because it was just that funny. It is not a great movie by any stretch. Its a fun stoner comedy that is meant to keep you entertained for 90 minutes with juvenile jokes that, yes, even though they're clever, they're still juvenile. And the complex issues the movie is trying to tackle is not done in depth or with any real weight. It just pokes fun at people and how silly we act toward one another and how we govern, or better yet, let faith govern our lives. It is a really dirty mirror being held in front of our faces by the filmmakers saying, "Here. This is what you all look and sound like."
The climax of the film also features a food orgy that I feel I have to mention for those who may want to see the movie. Either that will deter you from watching it, or it will intrigue you. The thought of food having sex may sound weird, and it was, but I was laughing so hard because you see the filmmakers pushing the envelope in every scene. This was where the movie was headed after all the jokes that came before i. It couldn't have ended any other way. You feel like you need to go home and take a shower after watching it, but it is worth it. The movie theater was left clapping and cheering till the very end, especially when that moment finally happened. People lost it, in a good way.
Any time I talk highly about a movie, I'm afraid I'm hyping it up too much that when you, the reader, finally see it, you won't like it that much. But of course this is just one opinion of it. I feel like sharing what I thought with you and I hope you give it a chance. But I will say this: many people left that movie theater with a big, fat smile on their faces, and I feel you will too.