Quick Hit: Outrageous, frequently hilarious, the first half momentum slows down to ramp up to a completely ridiculous finish.
When I first saw the Red band trailer for this movie, I couldn’t believe it was something that actually got greenlit. However, the more I looked at the cast and those that were involved, the more unsurprised I was. The stoner comedians have churned out another movie that might deserve a watch – if you don’t mind being offended at least half a dozen times.
I don’t sanction racism, racial stereotypes, gender stereotypes, or any of that. This movie has all of them (and probably more – with the joke a minute pace, you can’t help but miss a few). However, by going what I will refer to as the South Park/Family Guy route – in which no one is safe from persecution – the film saves itself from being a bigoted mess. It even strays into being watchable at times. As I stated in the Quick Hit, the narrative structure just completely falls apart in the latter half of the movie, but if you are watching a movie called Sausage Party about talking sausages for plot… well, I don’t know what else to say to you.
The animation makes light of some really scary scenes (in particular the scene where the food finds out the gods are eating them), and the voice acting is terrific for what it is (talking food). I’ll give a particular shout out to Michael Cera’s Barry, and Nick Kroll as … well, a douche. They are frequently much funnier than the main characters played by Kristin Wiig and Seth Rogen. But the immersive world that you have been dropped into is the selling point. Even minor scenes, where you see different products reactions to the way we use them, are well thought out and written.
I’m not going out there and saying there is a bunch of merit to this movie. It’s offensive, and after the final scene (if you’ve seen it, you know exactly which one I’m talking about) I absolutely felt the need to take a shower and cleanse myself of the nasty sight I had just seen. But if you think about what it is, the fact that it is entertaining in the slightest is something you have to take in stride. There are some really, really funny scenes, and the opening scenes in the supermarket are better than most introductory musical numbers.
So, to my friend CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS, who sent this in, thank you for the humor. Sausage Party gets a “C+”.
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