Sausage Party (2016)

What if the food we ate, had feelings? What if they looked up to us humans, as these biblical beings ? Sausage Party explores these themes in a hilarious and crude manner. Sausage Party follows Frank, a sausage who finds out the cruel truth about us humans and how we treat them outside of the grocery store. The film stars an all-star voice cast including Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, and many more.

After a pretty disappointing summer for movies, I’m glad to say this is one that pretty much lived up to my expectations. It easily lives up to what might-be the raunchiest, filthiest feature-length animated film ever released. The voice cast is extremely talented but the ones who stood out for me are Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Michael Cera and Edward Norton. Edward Norton is almost unrecognizable as Sammy Bagel Jr, his voice reminds me of Quentin Tarantino’s character Jimmie Dimmick from Pulp Fiction. Michael Cera brings a sort of innocence into this film, even though he’s dubbed the “special sausage”. Seth Rogen plays Frank, one of the hot dogs in a packet at a supermarket. Every morning all the items in the store sing a song dedicated to the humans who arrive daily to deliver them to the “holy place”. Yes, the food don’t know that they are taken to our homes and are eaten; they think they’re elevating to this holy place. So Frank and his girlfriend Brenda, on the Fourth of July, they’re picked by a shopper to leave the supermarket and experience life on the outside.

But, before leaving the supermarket, a bottle of honey mustard who was returned to the store (Danny McBride) warns them that the humans and this special is not what it seems. Knowing that outside the supermarket has nothing to offer, honey mustard kills himself. The shopping cart tips and we experience one of the most hilarious scene sin the film. The food have crashed to the floor walk around in a Saving Private Ryan tribute.

Before leaping to his death, Honey Mustard told Frank to seek the truth from Firewater (Bill Hader), a wise bottle of liquor who claims to know the truth about their existence. So Frank, Brenda, Sammy Bagel Jr. make their way through the store during closing to find answers and at the same time, trying to avoid a douche, who’s actually a real douche. Along the way they meet a lesbian taco played by Salma Hayek and a lot of colorful characters in this wild adventure that ends in one of the most insane closures I ever seen.

Although the humor is what you’d come to expect from Rogen and company, a fair amount of it is surprisingly smart and really does attack religion in all aspects. There are a few jokes that go on a bit too long, they sometimes fall felt, and they could have done a bit more with the plot, but I’ll also say that the climax is one of the most unforgettable I’ve ever seen in a film. That third act will probably leave everyone in the room speechless. The antagonist whom is literally a douche, who wants revenge on Frank and company because he was left behind by the humans. I don’t think he was funny as what Seth Rogen thought he was. He was annoying and his “bro” screams were awful. Comedy is one of the hardest things to pull off in film, the first two acts only made me chuckle while it made others burst out in tears. The third act easily has the funniest moments.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Sausage Party is vulgar and charming at the same time. The animation is great but the jokes fall flat at times. My SuperSam Rating is 7.5/10.

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