If you are easily offended, then this film isn’t for you. If you have a disdain for the blatant use of stereotypes just for laughs, then this film isn’t for you. And if serious sexual situations make you squirm in your seat, then this movie isn’t for you. But if you can be liberal enough to let down your guard and read into the story… you may find a very interesting movie in … “Sausage Party”.
Because of the very nature of the movie, these disclaimers need to offered so that the average person who has fallen in love with the “year in animation” (“Finding Dory”, “Kung Fu Panda”, “Secret Lives of Pets”, etc ) isn’t duped into believing this is another family friendly cartoon film.
With that said, “Sausage Party” is a very entertaining movie with a unique premise that flows into a satisfying conclusion. Along the way to this journey, this film takes liberties with popular idioms, and every level of shock imaginable, thus releasing all inhibitions we may have towards political correctness.
Centered around the idea that food in the supermarket are desirous to go home with people because they are led to believe that outside the supermarket is the great beyond where they are treated almost like pets, everything is thrown off course the day a sausage awakens… the revelation that food have no utopia, and realizing the truth… they get eaten!
Based on a concept by Seth Rogen, and underneath all of the shock value, is a story that is an allegory for religion/faith, beliefs and the journey to find the meaning of life, told from the unique perspective of a love story… between a sausage and a bun.
And even though foul language and cursing is the primary language of this film, and that the movie moves from sexual innuendo to sexual revolution, “Sausage Party” does deliver the goods when it come to laughs and poking fun a popular culture.
The thought of faith in the ‘unknown’ is severely tested and questioned by “the sausage” while his love counterpart “the bun” clings and fights for the normalcy of better life beyond the supermarket walls, but its their love for their convictions that pushes them further apart while caring for each other that draws them back together, fighting for their relationship and freedom… no matter the circumstance.
Unlike many films this year, this film doesn’t fall apart in the 3rd act as it actually delivers upon the promise in a weird and over the top lustful way. And in the end, “Sausage Party” is a wonderful story idea that carries throughout this movie even though the content may make many cringe, become disturbed or at least embarrassed by the content but hopefully still we can understand the fun… between a sausage and a bun.
Darryl King is a video director, film writer and avid Marvel/DC comic book/movie lover. Check out his reviews of Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman v Superman, and Captain America: Civil War right here on MMT.
Check out both Darryl and Thomasena discussing SAUSAGE PARTY last Wednesday night on #SpoiledTribbles with The Black Tribbles here: