REVIEW: Sausage Party
Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek
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…consistently funny, occasionally clever and undoubtedly unmissable if you’re a baked potato.
Sausage Party is the latest offering from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg: the longtime collaborators responsible for This Is The End and AMC’s Preacher. The premise is so gleefully bent that you can practically hear Rogen’s iconic husky chuckle during every plot beat, probably accompanied by thick plumes of pot smoke.
Frank (Seth Rogen) is a hot dog sausage who lives with many other food products in the idyllic supermarket, Shopwell’s. Frank and his various mates believe that they’re destined to be taken by the “Gods” (consumers), who will deliver them to the paradise of The Great Beyond. Of course, we know that the fate of all food is somewhat less heavenly, and Sausage Party asks the question: what if food found out that it was food?
It’s a slight, goofy idea realised in a demented Pixar-on-LSD animation style, and lent comic credibility by a seriously impressive voice cast. Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, and Paul Rudd are but a few of the superlative comic talents on hand, and even when the script occasionally leans on lazy ethnic stereotypes or scrotum gags you’ve heard before, it’s hard to dislike a movie where Nick Kroll delivers a douchey bro performance as a literal Douche.
There’s also a very unsubtle but fairly ballsy (at least by American standards) anti-religious subtext to the proceedings, with the various food products splintering off and creating their own belief systems and needless holy wars. Have you ever seen the Arab/Israeli conflict realised by a sentient lavash and a neurotic bagel before? Well, thanks to this movie and the voice talents of David Krumholtz and Edward Norton, you can now tick it off the bucket list.
Ultimately, Sausage Party knows exactly the kind of movie that it wants to be and embraces its inherent goofiness with giddy enthusiasm. The whole caper falls apart at the very end, but until then it manages to be consistently funny, occasionally clever and undoubtedly unmissable if you’re a baked potato.