Directors:Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
MPAA Rating:R (for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use)
Screenwriters:Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir
Starring:Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, David Krumholtz, Nick Kroll, Michael Cera, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Bill Hader, Anders Holm, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride
Sausage Party is a surprisingly fun, vulgar, sexually depraved and intelligent film that is most definitely not for children.
The basic conceit of the film is that our produce at the supermarket have lives of their own that we never get to witness. This is similar to Toy Story’s conceit and it works fine as a story telling vehicle here as well. The produce of the supermarket have built up their lives believing that “the Gods” (human beings) must choose them for a journey to “The Great Beyond” before their expiration dates arrive and they are flung into the darkness of the trash bin. It’s a cute idea and one that is cleverly built into a statement on religion, faith and blind devotion. Every aisle of the supermarket has its own take on the specifics of how one gets to “The Great Beyond” and Sausage Party uses the cultural flair of foods from around the world to make direct commentary on the organized religions of the world. It’s a surprisingly deep message for a film that is titled after a vulgar joke.
And if the vulgarity is what you are looking for in this film don’t worry, the intellectual side of the film does not get in the way of the typical Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg vulgarities. In fact, this film is so non-stop in its pursuit of sexual innuendo it is amazing they were able to fit in any intellectual substance into the narrative at all. Sometimes I felt like the repetitive nature of these jokes were a bit heavy handed and over done, but the film hits more than it misses on the comedy front.
The voice acting is fun with amusing performances from Michael Cera, James Franco, David Krumholtz, Salma Hayek, Danny McBride and Nick Kroll as the villainous “Douche” that is out to destroy our film’s sausage hero Frank (Seth Rogen) and his bun girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig).
Definitely keep the kids away from this film, no matter how cute and colorful the marketing materials look. It is most definitely a film for adults.