While living in a grocery store call Shopwell’s, the foods all dream of being chosen by “the gods” and taken to the great beyond, outside the store. Going into the Fourth of July weekend, Frank (Seth Rogen), a hotdog, and his bun girlfriend, Brenda (Kristen Wiig), are finally chosen. At last, they can reach their dream of living together in the great beyond.
On the way to the checkout line, Frank, Brenda, and many others, including Douche (Nick Kroll) are thrown from the cart. Douche, blaming Frank and Brenda for the accident that caused him to not make it to the great beyond, vows revenge.
What the food doesn’t realize, until Barry (Michael Cera), Frank’s friend and former package mate, returns from the outside, is the brutal reality that awaits them once they are chosen by customers. Barry returns to Shopwell’s and tells Frank the horrors he has seen. Frank, Brenda, and Barry try to warn the other foods what is to come. They must find a way to stop the “gods” all while surviving Douche’s wrath.
Seth Rogen has a particular style of comedy. It can be a bit out there at times. It is often vulgar. He isn’t for everyone. I happen to enjoy Seth Rogen. Most of the time.
Sausage Party enlists a Who’s Who of the comedy world. Of course, all of Seth’s friends are in the movie. James Franco (as a druggie, of course), Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Paul Rudd all have a role. Add in Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, and SNL alum Bill Hader and the hit or miss Kristen Wiig and you have what should be a very funny cast. All of them are perfect for their roles.
The story of food from the food’s perspective is unique and full of promise. From the trailers, Sausage Party looks like a riot. The food realizing their fate as it happened was pretty funny. In the trailer. Unfortunately, watching the movie, you realize that you have seen the entire scene in the trailer, spoiling what would have been the movie’s lone funny scene.
The rest of the movie sets itself up to be the most vulgar movie you have ever seen. From food swearing to waging all-out war on humans, it is vulgarity for vulgarity’s sake. I’m not sure what part was supposed to be funny. Was it the horribly racist stereotypes? The rape jokes? Or the full-on food orgy? Going off the rest of the audience’s reactions, the movie is the funniest movie ever. Sadly, I didn’t laugh. Not once. Again, the only funny scene in the movie was one I have seen numerous times through trailers and ads for the movie. I wish Seth and fellow screenwriters Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg had spent a little more time exploring the food in the outside world. Instead, it is a throw-away scene, returning quickly to the crudeness inside the store.
As I said, I like Seth Rogen. I found Pineapple Express and This is the End, really funny, as vulgar as they were. Sausage Party, on the other hand, seems like a movie the “cool kids” in high school would make. The only saving grace to this movie is that the run time is just under 90 minutes. It is the longest hour and a half I’ve wasted in a long time. I have to recommend skipping Sausage Party. It is one of the worst movies I have seen. And I’ve seen some bad movies. If you do decide to go, don’t let the fact that it’s an animated movie trick you into taking your kids. It is most definitely not for them. Or for anyone else, for that matter.