By Christian DiMartino
If you have been waiting to see a used, talking condom, then Sausage Party is the movie for you!
In all seriousness though, Sausage Party is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen, or will ever see. You won’t believe your eyes for 89 straight minutes. But believe me people, I mean that in the best possible way… kind of. I say kind of because it won’t be for everyone. But all of that aside, I almost want a family to go and see this movie. It would surely make for a funny story.
Sausage Party is big, bold, outrageous, shocking, bizarre, and just damn weird, and proud of it. It’s perhaps not as good as it could have been, but it is still pretty funny. The fact that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and co. had enough faith in the story alone is pretty funny. But when a guy (James Franco) takes bathsalts and sees food talking and moving, I think they pretty much explain their creative process.
By now you should have an idea of the concept, but I’ll fill you in just in case. Like Toy Story some 20 years ago, the film has one of those ideas where everything speaks, moves, etc. By everything, I mean EVERYTHING. But the majority of the story revolves around food in a grocery store, all waiting to be bought. They wake up every morning, singing a song written by none other than 8 time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, to name a few). What’s funny about this detail is the fact that Sausage Party is basically an anti-Disney movie.
They believe that once they leave, their purpose will be served in the afterlife. You can smell the religious subtext. Rogen plays a sausage named Frank, along with his two friends (voiced by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera). They live next to the buns. The only one you get to know is Brenda (Kristen Wiig), who desperately wants to get it on with Frank, and vice versa.
They all lead a happy life until a shell shocked jar of honey mustard (Danny McBride) returns to the store, and tells them that the afterlife isn’t what they believe it is. As for the rest of the story, well… I’ll just let you see. But I will tell you that Nick Kroll plays a douche. Seriously. Salma Hayak plays a lesbian taco. Edward Norton plays a bagel named Sammy Bagel Jr.
There’s more, but… I think you get the picture. One might accuse Sausage Party as an 90 minute envelope pusher, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But it’s funny. It will shock, for sure, and it certainly won’t appeal to all. But I gotta say: it is life altering. A film of near genius.
It’s brilliant in terms of concept, and it’s occasionally hysterical, in a “what the in the hell am I watching?” Kind of way. It’s also successful in the way it knocks animated features as a whole. It’s so wrong, but it’s oh-so right.
I almost loved it. Almost. Kroll’s douche character, while seeming like a funny idea, never really gets a chance to be funny. He’s just… well, weird, for lack of a better term. Sure I know that’s the movie’s goal. But the movie manages to be weird and funny, while he’s just weird. Also, I’ll say that while it’s pretty much consistently funny, not every laugh is huge. There’s big ones, and a good amount of them. But not quite enough.
That being said, seeing a container of Meat Loaf singing Meat Loaf, and that last ten minutes… yeah, this is one for the books.