Sausage Party Movie Review
I have finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine: watching various food items have steamy sex with one another in a mass orgy. All of this is thanks to Sausage Party, a sometimes saucy, often flavorless animated comedy that is definitely not for children.
Co-written and starring Seth Rogen, Sausage Party is one of the most ridiculous mainstream movies you’ll see all year: a talking hot dog—named Frank—is excited to go to the “great beyond” with his hot dog bun girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig) so he can slip inside her, unaware that the great beyond—beyond the grocery store walls—means certain death.
Sausage Party is a great concept, as absurd as it is—but concept is not enough. The movie features some brilliant flashes. There are some sincerely funny parts a la the gross, sex-tinged humor commonly found in Seth Rogen movies. If you like your sexual innuendos constant and in your face, Sausage Party delivers. And its commentary on religion, as an atheist, is amusing.
But overall, many of the jokes fall flat or don’t hit as hard as they needed to. One imagines that in most movies starring Rogen and crew (Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Ed Norton, Salma Hayek, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Michael Cera and James Franco are among the voice cast) there is a fair amount of improv and variations of dialogue used to cut together the best possible scene; with an animated film, especially a low budget one, less deviation from script was most likely required.
It shows. The script tries so hard to be edgy, crude and inappropriate that it sacrifices pure comedic value. I’m as big of a fan of raunchy humor as the next guy, but it doesn’t take long for Sausage Party to lose its flavor; the comedy is one-note, the story follows a predictable formula, and the movie fails to capitalize on its potential.
Sausage Party has its moments, and it is certainly a film like this will have its fans, but this one needed a bit more marination at the writing stage to avoid getting grilled.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.