Sausage Party

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Why not? There is such a talented team behind this, so I had to check it out. Don’t get me wrong–raunchy is awesome. What I was afraid of was it being scattershot and silly. And yes, it contains elements of that too. But, for every joke, or two, that flounder (or outright fail), there’s a bullseye on the way! Plus, it successfully spoofs the BIG animation studios, like Disney and DreamWorks…and let’s face it, there’s tons of material to mine. So, yeah…Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have scored again , with a rich screenplay here (see “Pineapple Express” and “This Is the End”, among others). I’m not surprised. And Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan skillfully direct this sexually charged animated romp.

Sausages, hot dog buns, taco shells, chewing gum–they ALL enjoy a “human-like” life, inside the walls of the supermarket, and worship the shoppers as gods that will transport them to the “Great Beyond”, once they get past the establishment doors via shopping cart. But is the “outside world” everything they’ve been led to believe? Or, are there sinister happenings outside those walls? It takes a returned jar of Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) to partially tell the tale–ahead of his violent demise. Then Frank the Sausage (Mr. Rogen), hot dog bun Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Theresa the Taco shell (Salma Hayek), and Sammy Bagel (Edward Norton), set out on a mission to find the truth! Oh, and there’s a wild food sex party too.

This is a super-eclectic, and hilarious, team. And many of them have worked together before on various projects. Besides those already mentioned, there is a rich mix of voice actors–some taking on multiple roles. Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd–it’s a testosterone heavy group. But the pleasures of witnessing a cartoon wiener trying to make his way inside a sultry bun, or a talking box of grits that hates crackers, or the gorgeous Ms. Hayek voicing a lesbian taco shell–well, those pleasures just can’t be denied. “Sausage Party” is, much more often than not, an extremely funny adult comedy. One with double entendres, food sex, and very dirty jokes.

Grade:  B


2 comments on “Sausage Party

  1. This is another of my guilty pleasures. I should not have laughed so hard at so much vulgarity. But I did laugh, out loud and far too often. And I haven’t been able to eat a hot dog since I saw it.

  2. Yes…you should of! And I had a beef injection on a bun, just the other day! Cheers, Greer!


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