Thanks to our new friends at Zoomwerks Media, a few members of the team had an opportunity to catch an advanced screening of Seth Rogen’s new animated adult themed film, Sausage Party. Based on our interview last month with Co-Directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, I thought I had an idea of what we were going to see. But boy was I wrong! Greg and Conrad really did a great job not spoiling the movie for us. For that… we are all thankful. Sausage Party is without a doubt, the funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time. However, this movie is not for the faint of heart.
In a nutshell, Sausage Party stars Seth Rogen, Kristing Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Craig Robinson, and a host of other incredible voice talents as food items found at your local grocery store. However, these food items are sentient. They believe that being chosen to leave the grocery store is akin to going to heaven. This belief system is up ended, when through a series of events, Frank (Seth Rogen) is forced to question what he’s been told about the “after life.” But Frank is not the only one having a crisis of faith. Having been chosen by the “gods”, Barry (Michael Cera) finds himself in a position where he must muster his courage, and his wits, in order to make it back to the Supermarket to warn and save his friends.
Sausage Party is part animated action film, part chase movie, part bromance, part food porn, and part romantic comedy, all wrapped up in a movie that challenges and questions traditional concepts of religion, gender, sexuality, and… hell… reality for that matter. Sausage Party is a vibrant and fun filled experience. The character’s almost pop off the screen. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Frank and Brenda (Seth Rogen and Kristin Wiig). Outside of their chemistry, Kristin Wiig’s character Brenda was a delight to watch as she struggled with her feelings for Frank and the challenges he presents to her faith. Salma Hayek as a horny lesbian taco, repressing her true nature to please the “gods”, was an incredible treat. Not just because she was so much fun to watch, but also because she represents so many people who find themselves hiding their true nature. I found Seth Rogen and the team’s comedic take on these difficult realities refreshing. But honestly, I think Douche, voiced by Nick Kroll may have actually stolen the show. Without giving away any of the story, Douche is a hyper masculine, gender bending villain, you really must see to believe.
Outside of being a foul mouthed good time, Sausage Party really made you think about why it is that we hold certain beliefs. In true Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg fashion, they pushed those boundaries in the funniest, and most absurd ways possible. If you are overly sensitive or just can’t take a joke, this is not the movie for you. With Seth and the fellas, nothing is taboo or off limits. They lampoon religion, feminism, gender norms, stereotypes, the Israel and Palestine conflict, race, you name it, and they poked fun at it. Sausage Party is without a doubt a movie for adults. It deals with adult subject matter, in hilarious and smart ways that adults can appreciate. If you like your cartoons dirty, and your comedy edgy, Sausage Party is definitely for you! If not, stay home by yourself with all the boring, stuck up, pretentious, no fun having people! All the cool kids will be at the movies enjoying food porn at it’s finest!
I recommend you check it out. Once you do, share your thoughts in the comments or on twitter at @potbellysamurai.