Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Writers: Kyle Hunter (screenplay), Ariel Shaffir (screenplay), Seth Rogen (screenplay & story), Evan Goldberg (screenplay & story)
Stars: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill
Ok, with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg involved you should be more than well aware of what this could and might be like. Imagine that and then times it by ten, twice for good measure. Sausage Party is funny, offensive, unbelievable, racist and downright morally incorrect, all rolled together into a crazy animated film where anything goes (literally).
Within Shopwell supermarket (and perhaps everywhere else?) the food is all alive (unbeknownst to us, ala Toy Story) and they are all waiting to be picked by the God’s (us) to be taken out into the great beyond. There apparently is no greater thing in life for our dairy, vegetables and other food products. Well, except maybe for sex, and lots of it for hotdog sausage Frank (Rogen) and vagina shaped bun Brenda (Wiig). Next to each other on the shelf due to a promotion, they can think of nothing else but finally being able to slip into each other…anyway.
When a product is returned and speaks of the terrifying truth about the great beyond, it is up to our band of heroic food products to find out the truth. Add in a sex starved lesbian taco, two racists in the forms of a bagel and a lavash, pot smoking non-perishables and you can probably see where it is all heading. The story itself along with the animation quality would be worthy of Dreamworks or Pixar, if it was aimed at kids. Which it is not. Definitely not.
The script and voice acting are reasonable if nothing exciting, with very few star names in my opinion. The use of the f-bomb repeatedly in the beginning of the film grows old very quickly and if toilet humour is not your thing (along with the language) then I’d suggest steering clear. If you wish to see something quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before (and keep watching out of amazement at what they included) then Sausage Party will most likely tickle your funny bone.
Overall Sausage Party is funny in places. It is also highly offensive to pretty much everyone, implies every stereotype under the sun and has some form of sex joke every few minutes. Some of these work and some miss the mark due to repetition. Vulgar, crude and very stupid, at times you will be open-jawed at their sheer audacity. Not a film for everyone.
The Sage’s Rating: