Check out the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘Sausage Party’ in the video below or read on for our mini-review!
So…’Sausage Party.’ Where to start with this one? Dick jokes might be appropriate. After all, our main hero – voiced by Seth Rogen — is a hot dog: a hot dog whose life ambition is to shove himself deep inside a juicy bun. That would be Brenda, voiced by Kristen Wiig. Or maybe we could begin with the crazy racial stereotyping: Salma Hayek as a taco, anyone? Choices, choices. All things considered, though, we should probably just kick things off with the film’s premise: a grocery store full of living food items that see being bought and taken home as akin to ascending to Heaven.
So, obviously, that’s some wrong thinking right there. As the trailers denote, being bought actually means being cooked and consumed. From the food’s perspective, that can be a pretty violent, horrific experience to be sure. So what happens when this truth suddenly comes to light? One special hot dog, his best bun lady, and a rag tag group of stereotypes – including a Jewish bagel, an Iranian lavash, and the aforementioned taco – must set out to open the eyes of their food product pals. Heaven is not a heaven: it’s hell, and its brutality must be avoided at all costs.
So yeah, promising premise. Did we mention there’s also sex involved? Like, a lot of it. It’s kind of like ‘The Brave Little Toaster’ had a baby with a porno and called it ‘Sausage Party.’ And there’s a lot of fun to be had with this premise – without going into spoilers, we’ll just say that this film doesn’t shy away from poking fun at ideas like religion and racial divides. But unlike other crass animation properties like ‘South Park’ – which runs right up to the line of “too far” and then slowly inches back – ‘Sausage Party’ gets in a rocket ship and flies right over. And for many, that’s a roaring good time. But for others, it can be a bit too uncomfortable at times. Also, there’s pot jokes. This is a Seth Rogen film, after all.
While ‘Sausage Party’ does provide some fun, it’s not necessarily worth a $40 trip to the movies with friends. This one could easily be saved for a Redbox or Netflix night in. But if you’re looking for some laughs and want to get out of the house, there are worse movies you could go see.
Written by Brad Harris, Movie Bears Podcast