Sausage Party (2016)

Sausage Party (2016)

Despite an overuse of profanity, Sausage Party is a refreshing animation tale filled with gut-busting funny scenes and thought-provoking social commentary.

 

Sausage Party transports us to the Shopwell’s grocery store, where fruits, vegetables, and other food items live and wait for the humans/gods to choose and take them to “the great beyond.” Among them, Frank (Seth Rogen), who is a sausage, eagerly awaits the day for he and his bun girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig) to be taken to “the great beyond,” so they can consummate their relationship. On July 4th, Frank and other sausages as well as buns are put into a shopping cart with other food/condiments. Everyone jumps up and down with excitement, except one. Honey Mustard, who has been to “the great beyond,” tries to convince them that the place they’re hoping to go to doesn’t exist. After an accident happens where food is dropped on the floor, Frank, Brenda, Douche, along with Sammy Bagel Jr. and Kareem Abdul Lavash, get separated from the rest of the group. Shocked by Honey Mustard’s confession, Frank decides to go on a mission to uncover the truth. Unbeknownst to him, Douche vows revenge against Frank and comes after the sausage.

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Meanwhile, Barry and the sausages, chips, cheese, and other food items are brought to a “god’s home” and are excited about their forthcoming destinies. However, what will happen when they discover what happens to food after reaching “the great beyond?”

Written by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, Sausage Party is the brain child of Rogen and Goldberg. The two tried to bring Sausage Party to the big screen for over ten years. Thanks to the producers at Annapurna Pictures, Rogen and his crew could bring Sausage Party to life. The film is a refreshing animation tale filled with religious undertones and biting social commentary.

Sausage Party will entertain many viewers, especially the ones who are fans of Pixar. With usual Pixar films, you get universal humor that is catered to the whole family. Admittedly, Pixar films are good and continue to fare well at the box office. However, what makes Sausage Party interesting to watch is its animation tale, told from food’s perspective. As adults, the same fans who grew up watching toys come to life can now watch food share dynamics with humans with a darker and funnier twist.

Viewers will also enjoy the inclusion of homages (e.g. Saving Private Ryan’s Omaha Beach scene) in the film. Film buffs who have watched many films may understand and enjoy a lot of the movie allusions in Sausage Party, but regular filmgoers will also still find enjoyment in the scenes presented onscreen. As a result, the film offers many things for viewers to enjoy.

Despite the addition of homages, Sausage Party will not appeal to everyone. The film showcases an abundance of profanity throughout the film to elicit laughs. Sensitive viewers looking for a more restrained movie may be disappointed by the film’s proceedings. On the other side of the spectrum, people who are more open will enjoy the film’s humor. But, as mentioned before, the film relies too much on profanity, resulting in the F-bomb losing its edge halfway through the film. With that said, Sausage Party does feature a jaw dropping scene that will undoubtedly shock many viewers. Some may crack up, while others will look at their watch, counting the minutes until the film is over.

To add upon the controversy, Sausage Party also features religious undertones and social commentary. For example, initially, all the characters believe in “the great beyond” (akin Heaven), especially Brenda. When Brenda and Frank discuss their relationship, they debate about whether to wait until they’re “united” (akin marriage) to have sex. These references to actual religions may upset people who adopt a certain faith. While the film may irk certain viewers, the film will capture the attention of those interested in the film’s philosophical messages.

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Douche (Nick Kroll) and Popped Cherry Mixer (Maryke Hendrikse) in Columbia Pictures’ SAUSAGE PARTY.

Visually speaking, the animation in the film looks great. Directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan (Monsters vs Aliens, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) create a visually-stunning film with beautiful animation. All the scenes in Sausage Party flow well, without any major distractions. Along with the animation, the actors who voice the characters do a good job bringing the characters to life. Seth Rogen perfectly sounds like a hot dog, proving he was the perfect choice for Frank. Kristen Wiig, as Brenda, is funny when she needs to be. The comedic choices she makes are a bit of a hit-and miss, but overall, she plays a good female counterpart to Seth Rogen’s Frank. Other actors do a great job of inhabiting the characters and delivering great lines of funny dialogue.

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However, in one case, the Douche, played by Nick Kroll, becomes annoying after a while. That’s not to say that Nick Kroll doesn’t do a good job in the role, because he does. It’s just that the writers embellished the annoying qualities of the character to point where he becomes irritating, instead of funny. Despite the minor hiccups with the Douche character, Sausage Party still entertains viewers with its good animation and funny characters.

Despite an overuse of profanity, Sausage Party is a refreshing animation tale filled with gut-busting funny scenes and thought-provoking social commentary.

 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Images from:

  1. First Sausage Party image: http://www.sausagepartymovie.com/site/assets/images/sp_og-image.png
  2. Second Sausage Party image: ew.com
  3. Third Sausage Party image: comingsoon.net
  4. Fourth Sausage Party image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BE59fQGixL4/maxresdefault.jpg

 

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