Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Movie review: Sausage Party

After falling from a supermarket cart Frank the wiener and his food friends must race back to their proper aisles before the Independence Day sale. Though there is danger on every shelf, the journey may just be a revelation as well.

Seth Rogen (Frank/Sgt. Pepper), Salma Hayek (Teresa), Maryke Hendrikse (Loretta Bun/Cherry/Plum), Jonah Hill (Carl), Bill Hader (Firewater/Tequila/El Guaco), James Franco (Druggie), Nicole Oliver (Sally Bun), Edward Norton (Sammy), Scott Underwood (Gum/Twink/Pizza), Kristen Wiig (Brenda).

Sausage Party is absolutely hysterical, if you like crotch humor. It is also entertaining, if you enjoy animation. The plot is amusing, if you enjoy irony. From Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party is a silly look at the life of food in a supermarket and how that food, were it conscious somehow, could have a twisted perception of the world. Though this film may not be for everyone, you have to admit a story that examines the philosophy of food is somewhat unique.
The film begins well with some nice crotch humor, which it then builds upon as the plot expands. Though it is easy to dismiss the storyline as ridiculous, some slight examination reveals the irony and provides a bit more entertainment. Oh, and Stephen "Gum" Hawking was hysterical!

Voice work was a lot of fun in this one with some well experienced actors lending their talent. All did very well and were enjoyable throughout.

Animation work was fairly simplistic and elementary, but solid and fitting for the film. Dialogue was consistently funny and focused persistently on sexuality. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable with a couple of good tracks.

While Sausage Party may not be for everyone, and is certainly not for minors, the story is silly, simple, and fun. Those who enjoy late night comedy should enjoy this one while those who are easily offended probably won't make it past the first 15 minutes.

With plenty of foul language and animated yet somewhat graphic sexuality, violence, drugs, and more foul language, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 11.11.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Late Night Comedy, Adult Animation

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