Sausage Party is exactly what you’d expect from a phallically animated movie exiting the minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill. It’s funny, childish, and as perverted visually as an R-rating will allow.
The setting is a grocery store populated with anthropomorphic foodstuffs yearning for escape into the Great Beyond, or wherever human shoppers take their purchased foods and drinks after checkout. The grocery items have the religious and ethnic qualities of the cultures that market them, and therein lies most of the film’s humor.
The cast is made up of many of the usual Seth Rogen pals, starring Rogen and Hill alongside Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Anders Holm, Salma Hayek, and Nick Kroll as Douche, a literal douche.
The characterization is especially juvenile in the roles played by David Krumholtz and Edward Norton, who voice a Muslim lavash and a Jewish bagel, respectively. Stereotypes are the script’s inspiration, and the film alleges a theme of religious tolerance as the foodstuffs struggle with their blind faith in the myth of the Great Beyond.
There is not much more to say about Sausage Party other than it is an entertaining hour and two-thirds, though there’s nothing particularly profound about it, and some of the humor is too cheaply based on stereotypes to be genuinely impressed with the script. The animation is Pixar-esque, and the imagining of a grocery store come alive is impressively designed, though with sexuality usually in mind.
Given that the leading protagonists are male hot dog sausages looking forward to the moment when they can get inside the voluptuously shaped female hot dog buns packaged next to them, it should be obvious that a graphically animated sex scene is inevitable. And it is spectacular.
For better or for worse, the grocery orgy is the most memorable part of the film.
Contemptor grade: 7/10