Very rarely do adults get an animated film, but when they do, it really is for adults. That is the case with ‘Sausage Party’ opening this week. Starring Seth Rogen as a hot dog wiener and Kristen Wiig as a hot dog bun who are in love and yearn for when they are selected by the gods and taken to the hereafter where they can finally be together. After a terrible shopping cart accident, they are separated from their package mates and are left to fend for themselves in the grocery store. They are on a quest to get back ‘home’ but along the way, the wiener decides to find out the truth about the hereafter and what he discovers is horrifying.
This movie the minds behind ‘Neighbors’ and ‘This Is The End’ ply their skills to the animated film genre and have come up with something that will have your mouth stuck open the entire time. Either from laughing or just in amazement that anyone could think of doing such things to food. Under the cutesy veneer of an animated tale, there is a rather spot on metaphor for religion and faith and how the world’s belief systems work, and clash, with each other. Lots of food puns await, natch. It really is a movie that had me wondering how it could possibly end, which was one reason I wanted to see it. I mean, the characters are food. How could it possibly end well for them? It was like a mix of any R-rated film with Toy Story. At first it seems rather banal and you think the only gag is having cute characters cussing a blue streak, but they delve deep later and there is a real spark of intelligence behind the gags, even the low brow ones. I will say that it is evident that the writers of this film had to have been under the influence of weed while they wrote this thing, because for as many moments of crystal clarity there are, there are moments when you have no idea what the fudge is going on. Needless to say, this movie will make you laugh, even against your better judgment. And be warned, even an R rated animated movie has a song and get this, it was by Alan Menken! Not what I would expect of him, but it goes to show you we all have to blow off a little steam now and then.
Audience: I was surprised once more. The audience was quiet for the whole movie. I don’t get it. Make a movie where a anthropomorphic hot dog may drop an ‘F’ bomb and the whole room stays quiet to heat it. There was a little chatter behind me, but after a while I was laughing too much to care.