This is one party you won't be forgetting anytime soon
Sausage Party is a 2016 adult computer-animated comedy film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon and features an all-star voice cast including Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, James Franco, Edward Norton, and Danny McBride.
In Sausage Party, the food and other grocery products of a supermarket called Shopwell's view the humans who purchase them as gods who will take them out of the store and into a place called "the great beyond". Living in this supermarket is a hot dog named Frank (Rogen) and his hot dog bun girlfriend Brenda (Wiig), who hope to be taken to "the great beyond" together. However, "the great beyond" is not what it is expected to be, as the food products are taken home to be consumed by humans. For the humans, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but from the food's perspective, it's bloodthirsty, savage murder. Frank and Brenda manage to escape being purchased and start an adventure through the store to find out the truth about "the great beyond".
Food puns, sex jokes, crude remarks, Sausage Party has it all, and then some. The movie is wildly inappropriate, and the offensive, comedic jokes have no remorse. You can think of Sausage Party as just stupid funny, and no one would bat an eye. However, what would really surprise you is the unexpectedly layered story line that has themes of prejudice and stereotypes that you thought was already done through animation with Zootopia earlier this year. So I suppose you could say that Sausage Party is the adult version of Zootopia, only this time it's food products instead of furry animals.
- As mentioned before, the jokes never let up. But what makes the side-splitting humor a high point is the jokes never grow stale or become overused. There is no running gag throughout the film, as a new pun or inappropriate remark springs up left and right. Given how many food products are involved, and considering how the main character is a hot dog (I'll leave the rest of that thought to your imagination), food puns and other offensive jokes are abundant.
- The surprisingly thought-provoking story line. Despite all the inappropriateness, Sausage Party has some underlying themes tackling ideas of xenophobia, prejudice, stereotypes, etc. One of the hot dogs named Barry, is deformed, and some of the other hot dogs in his package make fun of him because of it, and tell him no one will appreciate him. When Frank tries to tell the entire store about the truth behind "the great beyond", he initially refuses to acknowledge what the other food products believe in, for which he later apologizes for. Frank meets a non-perishable bottle named Firewater, who tells Frank that the humans consume them and mistreat them because it helps them feel powerful. Quite amazing that an absurd concept like a conversation between a hot dog and a bottle of liquor can address social issues that are very prominent today.
- The excessive profanity. I was expecting Sausage Party to dish out uses of "f*ck", "sh*t", and other similar words to no end, which it did. However, at times, characters would use profanity seemingly just for the sake of using it. Profanity is understandable in the right context, but being inordinately foul-mouthed, even in an R-rated comedy like this one, does not mean your film will automatically get additional laughs.
Gleefully inappropriate and riotously funny, Sausage Party rides its ludicrous premise surprisingly well. With a thought-provoking story line to boot, the movie provides for a fun time that you won't regret going to.
Recommend? Definitely yes, but don't bring kids or your parents
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