A Jewish bagel, a Mexican taco and a sausage walk into a grocery store...this is either the start of an old joke or a summary of Sony’s Sausage Party.
Directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) & Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends), Sausage Party is billed as an R-Rated Animated Comedy. Wonderfully written – you’ll understand once I start name dropping – the wannabe-Pixar flick offends, shocks and dumbfounds you as you struggle to decide how in the hell they came up with that joke.
Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Ari Shaffir and Kyle Hunter (with additional credits to Jonah Hill) Sausage Party makes a point to make fun of every ethnicity and religion equally with the helpful personification of food.
Rogen voices Frank the sausage while Kristen Wiig (SNL) is Brenda, a hotdog bun and Frank’s girlfriend. Together with the rest of the grocery store food, they dream of being selected by a God (a human) into the promise land.
However, Firewater (alcohol voiced by Bill Hader) knows the dark truth of what happens to food once they make it to the kitchen...gruesome death. After smoking around a fire with Grits played by Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine) and a Twinkie, Frank realizes he has to find a way to warn the other foods.
Sausage Party includes the voices of pretty much every hilarious person in every movie the past 10 years: Michael Cera, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Anders Holm (Workaholics), Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Harland Williams and the list goes on.
Even Edward Norton plays a Jewish bagel named Sammy with Nick Kroll playing a giant, angry douche...a literal one.
Rogen managed to perfectly replicate what makes shows like South Park amazing, making fun of everyone and taking no prisoners. No stereotype about any religion or ethnicity is spared. The bagel and an unknown Palestinian bread constantly take shots at one another about who deserves more of the aisle, a bottle of tequila is a drunk Mexican who leads characters into an abduction scenario and every piece of fruit is gay.
If you can make it through the violent death of the foods, beyond ridiculous food-on-food sex scenes and the blatant yet hilarious racism, Sausage Party is worth your time and money.
The film is not too keen on having a deep message, but it does comment on the ridiculousness of how the world operates in racial sense. Either way, if you can’t handle a hotdog having sex with a bun or a paraplegic piece of gum, Sausage Party won’t be for you.