I just got out of Sausage Party and have to say it’s a really good film. The people behind me, the group of four senior citizens to my left and teenagers to my right, laughed hysterically throughout. I never really felt compelled to laugh out loud. However, I was contemplating on the social commentary Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Ariel Shaffir, Kyle Hunter, and Jonah Hill had put into it. The film makes some great satirical points on religion and society while having tons of cursing and dick jokes. I give Sausage Party the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Frank (Seth Rogen), Barry (Michael Cera), Carl (Jonah Hill) and the rest of the hot dogs are waiting to be chosen by the Gods. Brenda (Kristen Wiig) and the other buns are chosen with Frank and friends but Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) would rather die than go to the great beyond again. Frank and Brenda are out of their packages and lost in the supermarket and must get back to their home aisle. However, the group goes through an existential crisis as Frank strives to discover the truth about their existence.
This film is loaded with talent. A lot of which are the Rogen/Goldberg usuals that include Hill, Cera, McBride, Paul Rudd, Craig T. Robinson, James Franco, Bill Hader, and David Krumholtz. However, Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, and Salma Hayek have some major roles and are new to the mix. They all brings something to the table and it makes for a really great animated feature. The film also looks great on par with Dreamworks or Pixar, but with a South Park twist on the content.
The movie even opens with a musical number that sets the tone for the rest of the film. The film lacks subtlety, but makes up for it with extreme obscenity laced commentary. Whether it’s a Hitler condiment spouting “Kill the Juice” or sexual tension between a hotdog and the bun, the film manages to make lots of graphic jokes seem family friendly. A problem that the trailer made clear early was the film looks like a kid’s movie, but couldn’t be farther from it. One of the last sequences could have made the film NC-17, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Using animated food to combat hatred with stereotypes.
The variety of ethnic foods take on the stereotypes of their cultures. The religious views of each impact the overall theme of the film. The idea of whether there are gods or not, should people live their lives in fear of the punishment from the gods, what is the great beyond like, and can different religious points-of-view coexist. They’re deep questions that get answered in not-so-deep ways, but grounded with a healthy dose of realism.
It’s definitely a film that people will be talking about for years to go. They aren’t necessarily saying anything new, but it’s definitely the first time I’ve heard it said by animated, talking food. If you’re familiar with Rogen and Goldberg’s style and like it then you’ll likely enjoy Sausage Party too.