Sausage Party (2016)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek
Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Written by: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 29 min
One thing is for certain, you’ll never look at a hot dog and bun the same way after watching this film!
Sausage Party is a feature length dick joke that will test the sensibilities of even the most liberal minded cinema goer. It’s not especially clever as a lot of people are saying, and simply points out obvious hypocrisies within the world of religion while swearing every other word. This film will likely offend the devout, and really only appeal to folks who appreciate Seth Rogan’s sense of humor.
This film is about as poignant and insightful as an episode of the Bill Mahar’s talk show. Someone on the panel points out a clearly insane tenant of a particular religion, everyone cheers, and nobody really learns anything or is inspired into action. Boiling down to a big group hug with likeminded individuals as they point at people who don’t think like them, and call them stupid.
Now it might seem unfair to hold an animated R-rated comedy up to that level of scrutiny, but since the makers of this film clearly have something to say about various religions, and the people that adhere to their rules. It behooves us to take a deeper look and figure out what the message is with this film. Who is it trying to reach and teach while it entertains? The film clearly (at least to me) has something to say, but I wasn’t totally sold as it frequently stepped up to my liberal leaning taste line, and crossed it. I can’t imagine that a more prudish and faithful movie goer will find this enlightening, so I’m not sure why the film spends so much time debating the topic.
Sausage Party is, however, not without its strengths. When it’s not challenging people’s deeply held beliefs and simply focusing on the premise that food doesn’t realize its food and is going to be eaten, it works. There are several hilarious moments as the shocking truth is discovered, and some inspired character observations as various food types mingle in the grocery store.
Expect foul language and a lot of puerile humor synonymous with this creative team’s comedic sensibilities. This is NOT FOR KIDS!
The scene where the groceries finally discover the horrific truth about their existence and what their gods really do to them once they get them home, is hilarious!