“Sausage Party” is a brilliant, raunchy, R-rated parody of the Computer Animated formula for family films. While it’s somewhat underwhelming at first, it goes in a different direction than the advertisements indicate. It’s mostly compensated with repeated viewings, as well as in the film’s final third, when it goes completely and utterly bananas. By the way, I do not apologize for any food puns that will be made in this review.
The meat of the story focuses on Frank (Seth Rogen), who learns that “the Gods,” or humans, are nothing but evil creatures who feed on the talking food they buy at the grocery store. Eventually, he hatches a plot with the other talking food items to make the humans run away and never return. Oh dear, the plot I’ve just described made it sound like it’s a children’s film! It’s anything but that.
I’ve seen “Sausage Party” twice now. The first time I saw it, I was underwhelmed that the film didn’t focus on the food trying to escape from their houses in order to avoid getting eaten. Perhaps it would be less original than the direction they chose instead, but it would have been more focused.
The second time I saw it, I still stood by my original reaction to an extent, but at that point, I was able to appreciate the visual gags and witty dialogue even more.
Any complaint that I had, however, was almost entirely compensated for by the film’s third act, where it goes in a direction that would have made Mel Brooks very proud. I won’t give anything away, but I’ll put it like this: over the next couple of days, I couldn’t look at my food without imagining them walking and talking—not to mention telling me that I’d eaten one of their cousins for dinner. Yes folks, this film is that effective.
Oh, and if you need any other reason to see it, Alan Menken composed the opening song for the film. You’re welcome.