Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Movie Review: Sausage Party

The raunchy comedy about grocery store products comes from the minds of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen who also voices the main sausage, Frank. The story explores the belief in benevolent gods that are human shoppers. The food products believe that these gods take them to a great beyond where they can live out their greatest pleasures and be taken care of by these gods. The movie uses the metaphor of a sausage in buns as sex to the greatest extent possible. 

The animation boasts an impressive voice cast of all of Rogen's crew including co-creator Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Salma Hayek, Kristen Wiig,  Nick Kroll, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Bill Hader, and plenty more. The story follows the adventure of Rogen's Frank and Wiig's Brenda Bunson, hotdog buns, encounter an enlightened by a raving Honey Mustard (McBride) who was returned after seeing the true story of what really happens when the products are purchased and taken home.

The exploration of the grocery store relies heavily on racial stereotypes that are both amusing and insulting simultaneously. The gimmick of talking food is funny at first but runs dry as the movie progresses with an odd story about bath salts. There are plenty of laugh out loud jokes and silly humor, but the story about false beliefs and warring groups of religious zealots is the most interesting part of the comedy. 

Kroll's douche serves as the primary antagonist juicing up on juice and slamming tequila like a body-building, drunken misogynist who seeks revenge for being tossed from the cart. The plot is never that important in these types of comedy films. The animation isn't terrible but doesn't boast anything compared to a Pixar or Illumination film. The most amusing part is the cussing and horny foodstuffs but even that goes too far with a food orgy finale. 

Bath salts play a major role in an absurd over the top ending that doesn't explore any of the issues brought up in the early parts but does provide plenty of humor.  It feels as if there was a missed opportunity to explore over-consumption and American wastefulness but there isn't much room amid all the sex and drugs jokes. The movie is funny but not that memorable by the end. Any sort of boundary-pushing is lost amid the silliness. 

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