Sausage Party Reviewed
Seth Rogen plays a hot dog named Frank (natch) who dreams of being selected by the Gods (grocery store shoppers) with his girlfriend Brenda the bun (Kristen Wiig) to live outside the store in the promised land. There they willfinally be removed from their plastic wrappers and be allowed to get down with each other. The language they use is much more colorful—the term ‘raw dog’ is used more than once.
Rogen gets a lot of big names to work with him on this movie; some of them, like Danny McBride and Jonah Hill, are easy to recognize, while others like Edward Norton I never would have guessed My favorite voice actor, though, may be Nick Kroll, who plays a talking douche with a Jersey shore accent. I don’t know why, but for some reason hearing a slew of swear words is so much better when done in silly voices and stereotypical accents.
It is easy to forget how often we use food terms as euphemisms, but Sausage Party finds every last one. I don't want to call Seth Rogen a wordsmith, but I enjoyed the movie’s many many food puns. But much like the humor throughout the movie it won’t be for everyone; the guy next to me groaned loudly every time they used a different food-related turn of phrase.
The funniest moment of the movie happens late in game. After the climactic fight in the grocery store, there is one scene in particular that is so laugh-out-loud funny that it alone is worth the price of admission. Even if you don’t like juvenile humor I would have a hard time believing anyone under the age of 65 wouldn’t be able to enjoy this.
I regained my composure to catch the final few minutes of the movie which is unfortunate because the ending just lays there. This is completely different from This Is the End which in my opinion has a perfect ending. However, the original ending for This Is the End was initially disliked with test crowds, so they redid it, and through sheer necessity they were able to come up with something brilliant. Perhaps that criticism didn’t happen this time, so instead the movie goes out on a flat note as we reach the credits.
If you are easily offended you may not want to see Sausage Party. Seth Rogen goes for gusto, which makes sense because he has been trying to get this movie made for eight years. If you don’t like curse words you won’t like this movie either. For me the vulgarity, the foul language, the violence—all of it works on screen. I can’t wait to see it again. A-