Raunchy Fun: Sausage Party (2016)

Set up in the same vein as Mel Brooks meets South ParkSausage Party is a raunchy, filthy, laugh fest that also contains interesting theological arguments.  Set in the world of a super market, sausage Frank (portrayed by Seth Rogen) and all of his fellow friends wish to go home with humans and enter “The Great Beyond”.  Due to circumstances however, Frank and his girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig) get separated from the rest of their friends and have get back to their packaging.  On the way to their adventure they realize that the “Great Beyond” is not what it appears to be, and it becomes a race against time to save all of their fellow food friends.

Sausage Party could have easily just been a movie filled out with Sausage dick jokes and food related puns (and do not worry, there are plenty of those), but instead they add in some social satire as well as a existential theme to the whole proceedings.  The food correspond with humans in that throughout the film, Frank becomes more of an atheist as he realizes his own being, while Brenda adheres to the religion of the “Great Beyond”.  They also take a cue out of Mel Brooks’ playbook where nationalities and religions of all types are parodied mercilessly.  The fact that these stereotypes exist in the movie is not to be racist, but instead to point out how we are all human and that it is stupid to divide ourselves based on criteria like nations or race.  They even point out in the movie how stupid it is that the Jewish Bagel and Arabic Lavash hate each other, because they have no reason too: they are all food.  This makes the movie go above and beyond the standard sausage jokes and food puns, but instead makes it comedy on a much more deeper level.

Ending with quite possibly the filthiest sex scene in history (it is right up there with the Team America puppets sex scene), Sausage Party is just a fun stupid movie that can be enjoyed, and a throwback to when comedies could be offensive and smart.

Fun Fact: Some of the voices include Edward Norton (Bagel), Craig Robinson (A Box of Grits), and James Franco (as a stoner who gets high off of bath salts).

Final review: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.


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