Sausage Party Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
The products at Shopwell's Grocery Store are made to believe a code that helps them live happy lives until it's time for them to leave the comfort of the supermarket and head for the great beyond. However, after a botched trip to the great beyond leaves one sausage named Frank and his companion Bun stranded, Frank goes to great lengths (pun intended) to return to his package and make another trip to the great beyond. But as Frank's journey takes him from one end of the supermarket to the other, Frank's quest to discover the truth about his existence as a sausage turns incredibly dark.

The Review
Warning: If food, sex and language are sacred to you, then you may not enjoy this particular blend.

The laugh that you might be embarrassed to admit, “Sausage Party” is definitely food porn taken to its literal and maximum limits. Yes, this is a saucy movie that surprisingly lays a comical spin on the philosophy of life that the likes of Seth Rogen had a great laugh undoing.

If you’re from the generation that remembers movies such as “Fritz the Cat” (an adult cartoon made back in the early 80s, which unzipped the fur on our beloved pets), then you would be able to make an easy comparison to this serving of what really is a kinky, red, triple-X-rated sexual unwrapping of our favourite foods.

But if you’re not too worried about a ménage à trois between food items and can handle a crude laugh then maybe you can stomach a serving of the latest dish whipped up by Seth Rogen and the usual suspects. There is something in this movie to offend everybody, from sexual innuendos to knock-off jokes involving sensitive themes involving archrivals of the ancient world. There is comedy, though I’m not sure if the last two minutes of the film is anyone’s idea of comedy as it crossed the lines for me and it took a while for me to get the impressions of my head it goes “full retard” if you know what I mean.

Nothing should go full retard.

There are philosophical threads that run throughout the movie that you may agree with, as I notice half the theatre did. Some who are more theologically-minded might totally disagree. In any case most of the themes will raise eyebrows, which I am sure was the intention. It is a shock fest as much as any other kind of fest, that I found entertaining in parts, breathtaking in others and sadly predictable for many parts.

Although it follows the Pixar format of a children’s movie, it does provide some surprises along the way. Be warned though: it goes south, deep south. 

The Verdict
If you take this movie too seriously, you’ll never go to the supermarket again. So my advice is to prepare to be shocked by the next depth of naughty boy humour that Seth Rogen’s runaway circus will take you through. The perfect movie for pimple-faced teenagers and adventurous young couples. The title says it all, so don’t set your metre too high, and you won’t be disappointed.

To quote a fellow viewer, “I was just assaulted through the screen”.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 8th September 2016
Rating: R16 -Contains Sex scenes, violence, drug use and offensive language
Duration: 89 minutes 
Genre:  Animated Comedy
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

The Extras
The red band trailer for this movie was accidentally shown in a screening of Finding Dory (2016) at Brenden Concord cinemas in Concord, California, horrifying young audiences.

Seth Rogen described the film as a dark take on Disney films: "People like to project their emotions onto the things around them: their toys, their cars, their pets... So we thought: What would it be like if our food had feelings? We very quickly realized that it would be fucked up."

Seth Rogen developed the idea of the film in 2007. It was based on something he and Jonah Hill would joke around about. While promoting Superbad (2007) and Knocked Up (2007), people would ask Rogen what his next project will be, in which he jokingly replied "It's called 'Sausage Party' ".

Sausage Party has been in the works since July 23, 2010.

While most Pixar and other animated movies cost about $100 million to make, Sausage Party only cost under $20 million to make.

Jay Baruchel is the only one of the main 6 from This Is the End (2013) to not appear in the film. The film also features Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, and David Krumholtz who all had small parts in This Is the End (2013).