Review: Sausage Party
The movie is a laugh until you cry, insult you until you cringe, push your boundaries until you break, comedy.
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If you’ll pardon the pun, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldburg are here to test the boundaries of taste with their long awaited animated look at food in Sausage Party. But if you go into this thinking, like a middle-aged mother taking their ten year old to see Deadpool, that because it is in a child’s format that it will be tame and appropriate, you are gravely mistaken.
Welcome to Shopwells, an American supermarket, where foods and other grocery items see the human shoppers as ‘Gods’ who will take them to the ‘Great Beyond’, where they are allowed to do whatever they want, which is largely, much like the ‘gods’ they deify, to shag constantly. The movie largely focuses on the case of a sausage named Frank (Seth Rogen) and his bun girlfriend, Brenda (Kristin Wig), as they plan for their time together in the great beyond, certain that they will be picked together. When it seems like they will be picked together, a returned Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) warns them that the great beyond is a lie before jumping to his death. In an attempt to save him, Frank and Brenda, along with various other items are thrown from the cart, ruining their chance at happiness. Honey Mustard’s words stick with Frank, and he goes on a journey of discovery, trying to find the horrible truth about the so-called ‘Great Beyond’.
This is a brilliant and original idea for a movie. It is an idea that could only come from the comic geniuses behind such twisted endeavors as This Is The End, Pineapple Express and Superbad, all of which Rogen wrote and produced with Goldburg.
The duo know how to write this kind of comedy with as little taste as possible, but including extremely clever humour as well, with a Bagel (Edward Norton) and a Lavash embodying the Israeli-Palestine conflict, as well as countless movie references and awful food puns to make you cringe. In typical Goldberg/Rogen fashion, they want you to laugh, and don’t care who they offend to do so.
As with most other projects by the folks behind Sausage Party, drugs also play a huge part in the story and the development of it, with both bath salts and a whole lot of weed making an appearance in the plot. However, much like Pineapple Express and This Is The End, there is no condemnation of drugs or the use of them, and this is one of the other things that people have come to love about Rogen’s movies. There is no apology for any of the behavior in movie, no spokesperson popping up in the corner of the screen with a “Drugs are bad kids” placard. The movie, as with it’s predecessors, follows the school of thought that people are universally smart enough to make their own decisions. In a world where we are constantly advised against, the movie lack of any moral filter (or a filter of any kind for that matter) is extremely refreshing, just allowing you to sit back and enjoy the movie. This movie has no ‘agenda’
In some movies you can come out feeling that some of the scenes were pointless and unneeded, but this is not the case for Sausage Party. The seemingly banal song that the grocery items start every single day with may seem a bit pointless at first, but once the movie gets into its rhythm, the examination of faith at the centre of this movie puts the song in a whole new perspective. However, to dwell on this aspect would be to insult the movie by saying it is something it is not. The movie is a laugh until you cry, insult you until you cringe, push your boundaries until you break, comedy.
The movie just wants you to enjoy yourself, and the rarity of that should be enough to make you want to go see, if the concept itself wasn’t intriguing enough. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go to Sainsbury’s to speak French to a croissant.