Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.
What We Thought:
I am highly curious to see what Sausage Party does at the box office for many reasons. It’s probably the most outrageous animated film since South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Do not expect a safe zone, politically correct, inoffensive kids movie just because it’s a cartoon. Expect the polar opposite.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. I laughed quite a bit and it’s something I’d watch again. I like most of the cast members and overall enjoy most of Seth Rogen’s films. I’m not politically correct. I love comedy, especially stand up comedy, so I’m cool with stereotype jokes and what others might find offensive. In fact, I prefer it.
But don’t think this movie is crude just to be crude. In fact, it’s secretly very open-minded. Sure there’s a lot of sex jokes and jokes about being white, black, Indian, Spanish, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, disabled, homosexual and everything in between, but that’s kind of the point. They make fun of everyone and everything. It’s in that humor they hide a meaningful conversation.
For example, Edward Norton voices a bagel. A bagel is a highly stereotypical Jewish food. Norton sounds like Woody Allen in every Woody Allen movie. There’s a Middle Eastern food that doesn’t like the bagel. He thinks the bagel and his friends have taken too much of the aisle away from the other Middle Eastern food. The aisle was for Middle Eastern food before bagel and his friends came along and were given part of the aisle. You should easily be able to figure out the metaphor these foods and this aisle represent.
There’s a sausage voiced by Michael Cera that gets mocked by other sausages for being oddly shaped and made wrong. Craig Robinson voices Mr. Grits, a Southern black stereotypical food. There’s Firewater, a booze that sounds and acts like a Native American. It’s all very much on the nose, but it works by pointing out stereotypes and how all of them are food just like other food.
At the screening I went to someone called the film Atheist propaganda. That made me laugh. I’m as anti-religion as you can get and it never crossed my mind that this is Atheist propaganda. Seth Rogen’s Frank character learns the truth about what happens to food when it gets bought at the grocery store. They are told that if they are picked by the gods (humans) and get taken to the beyond (outside the store) they are going to paradise, but Frank learns that humans eat the food and everyone dies. Yeah that’s saying “Hey you should question what people have been saying for a long time and maybe not believe all of it”, but Atheist propaganda? Shut your mouth. Why did you even go to see this movie if that’s something that would pop into your head in the first place?
If you are the easily offended type, do the world a favor and don’t see Sausage Party. If a taco being a lesbian is too on the nose for you, stay home. If Nick Kroll playing a literal douche isn’t something you’d find funny, go see the movie about Kevin Spacey as a kitten. If jokes about blacks, gays, crackers, religion, and everything else aren’t your thing, put down your protest sign and go into a safe zone you clown. It’s a movie. It’s a comedy. Laugh ya jerk.
Cast & Crew:
- Seth Rogen
- Edward Norton
- Kristen Wiig
- Salma Hayek
- Michael Cera
- Craig Robinson
- Jonah Hill
- Nick Kroll
- Bill Hader
- James Franco
- Paul Rudd
Recommended If You Like:
- This is the End
- South Park