Sausage Party intends to slap you in the face harder than a Sizzler with its food-related wit.
Written by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, with the latter also producing the film, you have a sort of expectation set.
This Is The End.
The Pineapple Express.
Such films spring to mind with that team involved and Sausage Party definitely fits this measure.
Except it then finds itself overflowing past this point in a chaotic storm of debauchery involving too many everyday items found in grocery stores.
Life is good for all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank (Seth Rogen) the sausage, Brenda (Kristen Wiig) the hot dog bun, Teresa Taco (Salma Hayek) and Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) can’t wait to go home with a happy customer.
Soon, their world comes crashing down as poor Frank learns the horrifying truth that he will eventually become a meal. After warning his pals about their similar fate, the panicked perishables devise a plan to escape from their human enemies.
‘Niche’ is a word that comes to mind for this film.
So brash, so…OVERZEALOUS in the content it presents, it’s almost reflective of a bong session between Rogen & Co. that was hit in-between the above mentioned films while watching any Pixar animated feature.
“GUYS, GUYS, GUYS…IMAGINE TOY STORY…BUT WITH FOOD…AND SEX…”
That’s the conversation that I imagine took place.
And that is hilarious.
To the RIGHT audience.
Based on Box Office performance so far, Sausage Party is finding it, but does the film have enough to become a cult classic?
The film is bizarre and over-the-top in so many ways, that it’s sure to become water cooler talk for the next week or more. Little in-jokes will develop around some of the senseless miasma that takes place, with friends nodding in unison at their knowledge of it.
Funnily enough though, hidden under the rampage of human versus food is a subversive discussion around sexuality, race, culture and religion.
An animated, HEAVILY adult feature film about living food has an underlying tone of acceptance amongst the orgy of violence, sex and drugs.
Come the end, I think you’re supposed to feel like you don’t know what you really watched. In that is where Sausage Party finds its message of entertainment is assured, as ambiguity drives conversation. And anything that drives conversation has the potential to be remembered forever.
Like that Twinkie that fell down the back of the shelf.
It's not going to be for everyone, but for the people who do like it, Sausage Party is a memorable escapade that finds itself popping come its climax.