Sausage Party is a film that, by any means, should not have been made. That isn’t an insult, but more of a compliment to every person behind the production of this movie. Sausage Party is the funniest, raunchiest, and most surprising movie I’ve seen this year, and it’s frankly (no pun intended) a miracle that it got made in the current studio system. Written by the comedy duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party is something that Pixar could have cooked up if everyone in the office took crystal meth. Even more surprisingly is the movie actually has a lot on it’s mind, with a story that takes a jab at organized religion and the idea of blind faith. Sausage Party, despite its name and conceit, is one of the best movies of the year.
The story begins in the grocery store. It’s the start of a new day, and all of the various foods and produce are awaking with their worship hymn to the gods. That’s no joke. The song pokes fun at a staggering variety of ethnic and religious stereotypes, all while being incredibly catchy (it was written by the great Alan Menken!) From there, we jump to a package of hot dogs, and a package of buns, all anxious to get chosen by the gods to go to the great beyond, and do what hot dogs and hot dog buns do. Once they end up getting chosen, things take a dark turn when a jar of honey mustard that was returned to the store tells everyone else of the horrors of the actual ‘great beyond’ (that’s a sentence I never thought would exist).
One thing that I really enjoy about Rogen and Goldberg’s movies, is that they take a premise, and fully realize it. They did it with 2013’s ‘This is the End’, and they do it again with Sausage Party. Without giving away anything about the places this movie goes, it’s constantly surprising you. The ending, in its entirety, is absolutely insane. There is no other way to put it. I said up front that this is one of the raunchiest movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s true; regardless of animation or live action. They utilized the format of animation to it’s fullest degree, and you’ll understand it when you see it.
I wanted to talk a bit about ‘grown up’ cartoons for a second in this review too, because we have a strange relationship with them. While mature cartoons are the most successful kind on television, their history in theaters are less so. Shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons, and especially South Park push the boundaries of the types of stories an animated series can tell (not to mention Rick & Morty, Bojack Horseman, or any Adult Swim show). It’s odd that a studio hasn’t taken a gamble on an R-rated animated movie since, well, South Park in 1999. Hopefully the box office success of Sausage Party (it doubled analyst predictions on opening weekend) means that the theatrical landscape will look more like the television landscape in years to come. If the results are anything like Sausage Party, then I’m really looking forward to it.
Now while I loved this movie, I wouldn’t necessarily say I recommend it to everyone. Sausage Party is one of the most offensive movies you’ll likely see in a long time, and if that sounds like fun, then it just might be up your alley. For me, it absolutely was. If you see it, let me know in the Facebook comments and we’ll chat about it. I’m not really sure what’s going to be next on the blog docket; maybe an oldie? If you have any recommendations, let me know! I’m thinking I’ll go back and write on some older flicks during the wait for all of the award season movies about Eddie Redmayne playing historical figures and terrible David O. Russell/Jennifer Laurence joints. As always, thanks for reading and check back later for new reviews!