I can’t believe I have to say this, but let’s begin with it because there will undoubtedly be news stories about upset parents who took their kids to Sausage Party, thinking it was a movie for kids because it’s animated. So here it is: SAUSAGE PARTY IS NOT FOR KIDS. DO NOT BRING THEM. There we go. Let’s talk about the movie now!
Created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad), Sausage Party is all about unsuspecting food items finding out what happens after they leave the grocery store. It’s a pretty simple premise that borders on the Toy Story model…but with way more f-bombs and food porn (No, literal food sex).
The story follows hot dog Frank (Rogen) and bun Brenda (Kristen Wiig), who find out that The Great Beyond (i.e., the world outside of the grocery store) and the gods (i.e., humans) are not what they seem after Honey Mustard (Danny McBridge) is returned and kills himself before he can get taken again. Together with taco Teresa (Salma Hayek), bagel Sammy (Edward Norton), and Lavash (David Krumholtz), Frank and Brenda travel through the grocery store to learn the truth and avoid Douche (Nick Kroll), a “juiced-up” bottle of douche mad at Frank for keeping him from The Great Beyond.
While the plot sounds fairly harmless, I can assure you the movie is offensive as hell. Like on par with the first few seasons of South Park. It’s one of those movies that cracks you up but also makes you realize you’re a huge asshole for laughing in the first place. Sex, drugs, violence, jokes about religion, and racial stereotypes—that’s the gist of Sausage Party. So if that sounds like something you’re not into, then you should probably just avoid this movie.
Here’s a sampling of what you can expect when you watch Sausage Party. During the opening song (which mocks Beauty and the Beast‘s “Be Our Guest”), a sauerkraut dressed like Hitler sings about killing all of the juice. There’s a gay Twinkie, a lesbian taco, a box of grits who hates crackers, and a bottle of liquor named Firewater who sits around a fire and sings “Hi, how are ya.” And we can’t forget the neurotic bagel doing a Woody Allen impression and the bearded lavash who wants his 77 Extra Virgin Olive Oils fighting with each other about sharing a display until they realize they both like Hummus. Yeah, the stereotype jokes are anything BUT subtle.
But beyond that, there is a point that Rogen and Goldberg manage to pull out of their bongs—religion and its role in society. This emerges when Firewater (Bill Hader) explains to Frank that the idea of The Great Beyond gives the food something to look forward to, opposed to knowing the truth and spending everyday of their lives in fear. And yes, over time, the original idea of The Great Beyond has gotten misinterpreted by food with their own agendas. It’s pretty smart for an R-rated stoner comedy about talking food.
As for the animation? It’s solid. The horror scenes of the food getting killed (some of which you saw in the trailer) are hilarious, and there’s even a Saving Private Ryan gag after a shopping cart accident. But even more fantastic was the food orgy at the end (I can’t believe I just typed that). It had me in tears! Like even me telling you there’s a food orgy will not prepare you for what you will see. And that’s the best part of Sausage Party. Even the stuff that’s not that shocking anymore somehow finds a way to shock you.
Sausage Party: A-
Listen to my review of Sausage Party on “Pat & JT in the Morning” here (at 38:55).