Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Film Review: Sausage Party (2016)

Sausage Party (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: FandangoNow
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"There were moments where it felt like an adult Toy Story."

Frank Wienerton (Seth Rogen), a grocery store sausage, discovers the purpose of his life and the sinister intentions of the humans...

Sausage Party is a very... bizarre movie. The plot follows the groceries and common household products of a grocery store. These products include Frank, a sausage, Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Frank's boyfriend who happens to be a hot dog bun, Barry (Michael Cera), a deformed sausage who is purchased, and Douche (Nick Kroll), who happens to be a douche. Anyway, this group is purchased by a woman early in the film, but their escape to the promise land is ruined when Frank and Brenda try to rescue a jar of honey mustard. This leaves Frank and Brenda wandering the store after-hours while Barry discovers the truth of the promise land. So, while the group tries to find their way home, Frank starts looking for answers and discovers the sinister truth – humans eat food. It leads to an unexpected 'climax,' and a great ending.

Sausage Party is not a film for everyone. It is an animated film, but it's certainly not a movie for your kids. The film is filled to the brim with vulgar humor. At times, it is downright obscene. I'm sure some people will be offended by its depictions of race using groceries. Fortunately, I'm not a overly-sensitive person. I really enjoyed Sausage Party. There were moments where it felt like an adult Toy Story. (Wait... that probably doesn't sound right...) Some jokes fall flat, but I was laughing throughout most of the film. Its parallels to society where also clever and welcomed. Looking past its obscene material, the story really says a lot. (Okay, maybe it doesn't say that much.)

The cast performed well. Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll, Bill Hader, Edward Norton, and Jonah Hill are all excellent in this film. The humongous supporting cast was also great. It sounded like the cast had a lot of fun while recording this. The animation isn't Disney/Pixar-levels of amazing – this film had a $19 million budget – but it gets the job done. The music was also fine. The film was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. The direction and the writing were fine. As with most comedies, everything's not going to land in terms of jokes. Still, the film was a lot of fun and it captured that animated magic.

Overall, Sausage Party is a great film. If you're a fan of Seth Rogen comedies, I think you'll enjoy this one. The animation isn't perfect and some of the jokes are duds, but I had a great time with this 90-minute feature. I hope to see a sequel in the near-future.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: 'Sexual' content involving groceries, vulgar language, and drug use.

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