Sausage Party is one of the most ridiculous films of the summer, stuffing the screen with raunchy R-rated humor that's on-the-nose racist, inappropriate and yet amusing to a degree. It's not the greatest thing since sliced bread or the freshest film of the summer, but it's definitely a creative animated flick unlike any other.
Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon‘s Sausage Party is the most ridiculous film of the summer and without a doubt the most inappropriate animated film ever to hit the big screen. Sausage Party is oozing with innuendo, with a script that’s both clever and literal, not to mention wildly racist and mostly amusing. Sausage Party isn’t Seth Rogen‘s masterpiece of creativity or even the funniest film of the year, but it’s definitely marching by the beat of its own drum and that drum is a sex-crazed, toilet-humored film that takes as many shots at “going too far” as possible.
Some of it works, while some of it feels a bit too much like they were trying too hard to be clever. The consistency of the jokes is on-point, with enough jokes to cover the entire series of Veggie Tales condensed in a one and a half-hour film, but the quality isn’t always there.
I credit the writers for coming up with such a wild script and for sticking to their guns when it comes to exploring the characters and really beefing up the simplistic story’s journey. Sausage Party is a fairly straight-forward film that hits the plot points at expected intervals, but it does so in an over-the-top fashion that must be applauded.
I say this with a reserved amount of hype, because while the film was funny, I did not find myself walking away super impressed or with an urge to re-watch it anytime soon.
And that’s where Sausage Party separates itself from other Seth Rogen comedies. Generally, I like Rogen and feel like he’s one of the most under-rated comedic talents on-screen, yet while Sausage Party is without a doubt one of his most creative efforts, it’s also one of his most unstable.
It gets by on its crazy concept, top-notch animation and assembly of talent that I don’t even want to try and guess — seriously almost ALL of the “usuals” show up for a minute or two, with some getting extended roles that don’t really take the focus away from Rogen.
Even Kristen Wiig‘s voice plays second-fiddle to Rogen’s narrow-minded hot dog.
The breakout performance comes from Edward Norton‘s bagel, which will keep surprising you with the amount of humor that Norton manages to spit out whenever he’s on the screen.
Sausage Party is as good as you want it to be. Walking into an R-rated animated film about a hot dog wanting to stuff itself into a bun in the most sexual of ways should spell out the type of film that you’re about to experience.
Those of you that are easily offended are going to want to stay as far away from this film as possible. Rogen and his fellow writers do their damn best to offend every single race and religion, not to mention poke at the entire idea of religion as a pointless sham.
Sausage Party takes on a great deal of current affairs in a way that might seem completely stupid and immature, yet it still manages to speak to you if you bypass the sex and crude humor.
It’s a smart movie, often-times clever, but I do feel that it’s getting a bit too much credit. Some of the jokes fall as flat as a pancake, while Rogen simply can’t avoid inserting his usual stoner antics into the film.
I think people that are sick of how pointlessly serious the world is getting and how downright idiotic some people are acting are going to find a lot to laugh about in Sausage Party. Sometimes, it’s great to get a comedic reminder to simply lighten up and just enjoy something without over-analyzing or complicating every single thing.
Sausage Party is a simple movie, with simple intentions for those not looking for much. If you want to dig deeper there’s more than enough subtext to offend and intrigue just about anyone, but said subtext isn’t as smart or as memorable as some may suggest.
I liked Sausage Party, but I didn’t exactly love it and while that’s not a frightening comment, it is slightly surprising. I usually purchase Rogen’s films as they hold their replay value well, but Sausage Party might be one that I rent and give another go at a later date.
For now, it’s alright and that’s more than enough for me in a summer that’s been filled with mostly disappointments.