Let's get to the meat of this thing right from the get go: Sausage Party is one the funniest, most original, and craziest movies you'll see all year. It's one of those films that you should definitely not see with your parents unless you want long periods of awkward and uncomfortable silence afterwards. Should you take the children to see it? Definitely not. You won't be able to anyway since it's rated R-18 without cuts and any kid who sees this movie by accident is bound to ask grownups a lot of awkward questions. "Tito, what do they mean by 'just the tip?'" Good luck explaining that one, brother.
This is obviously not your typical feel-good animated film, ladies and gentlemen. This is a movie about sausages wanting to put their long and juicy meat between soft and curvy buns.
Have I got your attention now?
Frank (Seth Rogen) and Brenda (Kristen Wiig)
Sausage Party is mostly set inside a supermarket. Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) is a sausage, who, along with other grocery items, believes that outside those sliding doors of the supermarket lies heaven. He and his curvacious hotdog bun girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig) are certain that their lives serve only one purpose: to be bought and taken home by humans, whom they see as gods. But Frank starts to hear rumors that things are probably not as they were led to believe. Life outside the supermarket is actually more akin to hell, and he, Brenda, and his buddies Carl (Jonah Hill) and Barry (Michael Cera) are actually being led to the slaughterhouse. His desire to find the truth sets him off on a quest to find beyond the reaches of the processed meat section.
Along the way, Frank encounters other grocery items like a Jewish-bagel (Edward Norton) and a Middle-Eastern lavash (David Krumholtz) that keep on arguing between themselves regarding the shelf they both occupy. There's also a lesbian taco (Salma Hayek), who wants nothing more than to munch on Brenda's juicy buns, and a literal douche (Nick Kroll) serving as their main foil.
Found an excuse to post a picture of Seth Rogen holding his wiener
and Salma Hayek holding her melons
Sausage Party was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan from a script by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Goldberg and Rogen are the same two guys that brought us the hit comedy This Is The End. And like This Is The End, the movie tackles concepts such as religion and death, albeit in their trademark funny manner—which simply means a lot of dick and pot jokes. This film is about a phallic food item so what would you expect right?
The movie is also a self-aware satire of Pixar movies. Most, if not all Pixar movies revolve around one central theme: What if something that's not human had feelings? For example, what if toys had feelings? Toy Story. What if fish had feelings? Finding Nemo/Dory. What if feelings had feelings? Inside Out. Well, Sausage Party takes this same formula, put it on its head, and spins it around like a top. The premise is not as simple as "What if food had feelings?"—it goes way beyond that. It answers the pertinent questions about food we've had since time immemorial such as: What if food felt horny? What if food were racist against each other? What if a sausage got high on drugs and went on a menage-a-trois with a bread bun and a hard-shell taco?
Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Sammy (Edward Norton),
Lavash (David Krumholtz), and Teresa (Salma Hayek)
The humor caters more to Western audiences so some jokes can zip pass the heads of international audiences. Still, there's a lot of raunchiness and silliness to appeal to people of all nations. That's the great thing about dick jokes, they can be appreciated in any language. Like the irreverent This is the End before it, Sausage Party makes fun of gender issues, race relations, religion, and recreational drug use. Needless to say, this movie is definitely not for everyone especially if you feel strongly about these sensitive topics. But for those who don't mind, there are a lot of laughs to be had when watching this movie. During the screening, moviegoers were laughing like crazy during some of the scenes, and for good reason. The film is just downright hilarious.
Sausage Party ends with a sequence that will either make you laugh your lungs out or cry for your mommy. I have seen a lot of crazy stuff since the time of the Internet, that were either intentional (a baby panda sneezing and scaring his own mommy panda) or unintentional (2 girls 1 cup, anyone?) but that last part will go down as one of the craziest. I saw the movie over a week ago as of this writing and I'm still trying to suppress some of those images from my head. I won't tell you what exactly that sequence is, but I will tell you that you'll never see the simple act of putting a sausage inside a sliced bun the same way ever again. It gives a whole new meaning to the words "food porn." It's okay to laugh at it, just try not to get turned on by it.
8/10. Sausage Party is one of the funniest and most original movies to come out from Hollywood in a while. But be forewarned that it's raunchy as hell so watch it with an open mind. You'll probably never look at food the same way ever again after seeing this movie.
Rey de la Cruz Jr. likes talking about films as much as he likes watching them. He runs www.reyview.org, a site that provides Filipino moviegoers with reviews written in a voice that is uniquely Pinoy.