Sausage Party earned itself a valuable position in My Most Anticipated of 2016 list and although it didn’t necessarily disappoint me, it didn’t live up to the standards a great comedy lives by. That being said, Sausage Party is hilarious here and there, meaning its also rather dull in those moments between there and here. Its definitely an oddity to say the least, the fact that this film got financing is ridiculous in the best kind of way. I applaud it for its mind-boggling stupidity whilst being irked at the shallowness the stupidity brings along. Its a film that thrives on puns and things a really dirty childish mind might come up with.
The basic story revolves around anthropomorphized food at a generic supermarket with hopes of reaching The Great Beyond one day. They’ve been lead to believe that once the humans (Gods) take them they’ll be able to live out their wildest fantasies and because this film was written by Goldberg and Rogen, they’re mostly sexual fantasies. Honestly, all the Sausages contribute to the tribute song they offer to the Gods each morning is a refrain that simply repeats the word “Fuck.” At first you might be like, “Oh my, cartoon food cursing, how hilarious,” but after a while the incessant cursing becomes bothersome and unnecessary. But, back to the story, although most of Sausage Party is incredibly mindless, it does seem to take a rather philosophical approach to the notion of Gods and superiority. And then it undoes itself by treating every food item as an unsophisticated stereotype and takes on some even more stupid segregational approach towards how the different types of food relate with each other. Sure, this plays for laughs but at the end its rather cheap and mindless. That’s the basic premise of it, food raising up against humanity as seen by the minds of directors Tiernan and Vernon.
I can’t necessarily review the acting here, but will only say Edward Norton’s Woody Allen is spot-on. I already sort-of said my words about how annoying the cursing gets so I’ll dedicate this time to speak about what works and what doesn’t work in Sausage Party. As I stated in my opening paragraph, Sausage Party’s ridiculousness works as a two-sided blade that provides the film with some of its best moments, those being an impressively long food-porn montage, a great ending, and some of the moments you saw in the trailer involving the food’s horrified reaction towards the truth. There’s a use of a very specific type of drug that seemed hilariously appropriate to start with and now I’m not entirely sure about its use, but nevertheless, it does play a big role in the film’s most climactic moments and could be something that only bothered me. The characters in this film are very shallow for the most part, I mean our protagonist is a sausage who’s literal only desire is to have sex and the film’s villain is literally a douche (played by hilarious Nick Kroll), then there’s Gum. Gum is just awesome, despite being a great visual gag, everything Gum says is hilarious and he’s one of the best parts of this film. Its settled, Edward Norton does a great Woody Allen and Sausage Party’s ridiculousness works both as an agent of its destruction and the reason this film is heavily entertaining at times.
By presenting such wild and callow depravity Sausage Party attacks the sensical nature of our minds while seducing that deeply immature side of us. Sausage Party is good based on the pure ridiculousness it offers and ironically enough that ridiculousness is what also makes it bad. Its got some huge belly-laughs in there but also some awkwardly non-funny moments that become even more disturbing to watch considering the r-rated characterizations were given in this film. Sausage Party is not a bad film and is fairly entertaining thanks to those gut-busting moments Tiernan and Vernon were able to craft by tuning to the good side of preposterous, with things like the orgy and the character of Gum, but as a whole Sausage Party just doesn’t hold up when compared to some of the great comedies the troupe has made before.