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What the world needs in this time of economic instability, environmental degradation, and political unrest is a film to help us make sense if it all. Sausage Party is not that film. Sausage Party is a movie in which a hot dog (Seth Rogen in the role that is unlikely to gain him the attention of any Academy anywhere) has sex with a bun (Kristen Wiig). It is maybe the least sexy sex to ever happen on screen aside from that one scene in Neon Demon or that other scene in Anomalisa. Probably don’t bring a first date to this movie.
Definitely don’t bring your parents and/or children, either. But if you have a group of friends whose sense of humour aligns nicely with movies like This Is The End, Pineapple Express, or The 40-Year-Old Virgin, you’re set. The dick joke crowd will be delighted by this movie, but so will anyone who a) has a sense of humour; and b) doesn’t offend too easily.
Sausage Party centres on a group of grocery store items who believe that beyond the sliding store doors lies the heaven they’ve been promised so long as they adhere to strict rules about packaging and freshness. Of course, we all know the fate that really awaits them. When they begin to suspect that humans aren’t the benevolent gods they’re made out to be, Rogen’s sausage character and a small group of unpackaged foods including a flatbread, a taco, and bagel Woody Allen (apparently Edward Norton does amazing impressions?) set out to discover the truth. Over the course of the journey, they’re hunted by a (literal) douche and helped by Stephen Hawking (via a piece of gum that spent time stuck to the underside of the renowned scientist’s desk).
Too much of Rogen’s script (co-written by Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir) leans on stale racial stereotypes but the visual gags (executed by directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon) kill—think an exploding bag of flour causing 9/11-like mass panic, rows of sauerkraut jars marching on “the juice”, a screaming anthropomorphic potato having his skin peeled off as his friends watch in horror, and a handful of babies (of the carrot variety) being crushed to death inside the mouth of a hungry mom. Then there’s a musical montage featuring meatloaf belting out “I Would Do Anything For Love.” Like, a meatloaf.
Sausage Party’s impressive cast of comedic actors also includes Michael Cera as a stumpy sausage, Salma Hayek as a taco, Nick Kroll as the douche, as well as Craig Robinson, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Paul Rudd. It opens Friday, August 12. Check out the trailer right here.