Title: Sausage Party
MPAA: Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use.
Directors: Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd
Synopsis: A sausage and his many food-related friends strive to discover the truth about their existence.
Sausage Party is the latest R-rated comedy involving Seth Rogen and his pals, and is another home run to add to their already high stack of comedy gold. This is a film that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (his close friend since childhood), and Jonah Hill came up with almost a decade ago. They knew this story was comedy gold, but the question was how they were gonna promote it and get it made. Not only are animated films hard to create and take a tedious amount of time, but this film is extremely filthy and R-rated. Seriously, this film probably is the most raunchy, foul-mouthed, and dirty film that Seth Rogen has ever written. However, it is extremely clever in its writing and offers some great voiceover performances and even some pretty good animation.
Sausage Party is our modern-day South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut. I can tell that the creators of this film were influenced heavily by the South Park film and even though it is extremely raunchy for an animated film, it still offers an insane amount of jokes that are not only hilarious, but extremely clever. This film also has a great, original song in the beginning that could be nominated for an Oscar just like South Park’s film had one that was nominated. Rogen and Goldberg spent a long time writing this film, and for good reason, because this film offers tons of jokes from start to finish. This film is a non-stop laugh riot, and never seems to drag. It is very short with a 88 minute run-time, but it is edited at a perfect length.
A lot of the films in todays Hollywood all seem to be going toward a specific direction. The films are getting more and more R-rated and uncensored. From superhero movies like Deadpool, which has certainly influenced the way we can view comic-book films, to most of our comedies. It is a shame that we are not getting as much PG or PG-13 comedies that can be viewed for the entire family. Sausage Party, even though is a very well-made comedy, is something that is so rated-R that it would be difficult to view with your family. There is a lot of awkward, cringe-worthy humor and violence in this film that even though is very funny at times, could turn off a lot of people. This is something a lot of todays films, especially our comedies, are struggling with and shouldn’t even be rated R in the first place. So, if someone wants to create a raunchy, R-rated comedy like this, make sure it is put in with a lot of thought, can only be made this way. With Sausage Party, there was no other way they could have created this with any other rating besides R, so that didn’t bother me at all. But a lot of comedies I see now a days suffer with that problem which is why I brought it up, and Sausage Party was a great example on how to do it right. In Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg I trust.
With all the great things I can say about this film, there are some minor flaws that might bring its score down a little bit. First of all, there are so many characters in this film to focus on, so the story can be choppy at times, and struggles maintaining a specific plot line. My biggest problem though is how the movie can be very dark and violent at times, which lost its tone and sense of humor. Especially one part involving James Franco’s character (a drug addict) in the supermarket. Other than that, I did not have any problems with Sausage Party and was laughing so much a long with the audience I was with. There were a few scenes that were so funny that the theater was roaring with laughter, and the film got a standing ovation after. I’m curious to hear if anyone else’s audience did the same. I do believe this is a special film that might be one of the best comedies in quite some time, might be considered a classic, and probably will have a sequel or two.
Overall, Sausage Party is a fantastically written comedy with clever, original humor and some fantastic voiceover performances. This cast is just loaded with some of our best comedic actors working today and even some more serious actors like Edward Norton and Salma Hayek. There were so many great characters, and the film was at its best when the scenes were in the supermarket. The whole film could have taken place in the grocery story and it would have been fantastic. I was amazed with all the jokes and food-related references they made. This is a film that should not be missed, unless you are under the age of 17. I saw some young children in the theater and my mind was blown! This film makes Deadpool seem like a PG movie, and is one of the filthiest comedies I have ever seen. However it very rarely takes away from the tone of the film besides a few scenes that were maybe too dark and violent. Sausage Party has some fantastic scenes that are not only extremely funny but very original. With that my grade for this film is: