‘Sausage Party’ Review

Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir and Jonah Hill

Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek

★★★

“Sausage Party” is an animated comedy from the guys who gave the world movies like “Superbad,” “This is the End,” “Pineapple Express” and “The Interview,” this is exactly the kind of animated feature from the likes of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. “Sausage Party” is a raunchy comedy that certainly earns its R rating. However, “Sausage Party” – like the Pixar movies it sends up – it is much more than just a raunchy comedy. The depth of the movie is what makes “Sausage Party” a real treat because it could have easily been just another R-rated comedy.

The first thing to mention about “Sausage Party” is that the movie is a riot. My favorite part of the movie – other than the meatloaf that sings Meat Loaf – was that this is an R-rated comedy that uses double entendre! I thought that the double entendre in adult comedy had died with the rise of the raunchy R-rated comedy. A movie made for kids have to use double entendre if they want to tell a mature joke, but in comedies made for adults, I thought for sure that profanity and gross-out gags had replaced double entendre in comedies made for mature audiences. Do not worry, if the standard raunchy R-rated comedy with the profanity and gross-out gags, “Sausage Party” has that too, including the strangest/greatest sex scene since the marionettes got it on in “Team America: World Police.”

As hilarious as “Sausage Party” is, what makes the movie great is that the movie is an allegory for religion. Not any religion in particular, but organized religion in general. The whole movie revolves around something that is known only as The Great Beyond, and the various food and consumer goods take to the idea of The Great Beyond with a religious zealotry, such is their zeal that it is stated that various foods developed their interpretation of this concept of The Great Beyond.  To a lesser extent, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, the films also touches on political themes. There is a brilliant allegory to the Israel/Palestine conflict, and some throwaway mentions to the history of slavery and the taking of American Indian land in the US.

“Sausage Party” is a great comedy, the movie is full of laughs and is a delight to watch. The movie also has incredible depth to it. With sharp writing and Grade-A voice talent, “Sausage Party” is a party you will certainly want to attend. Did I mention that there is a meatloaf that sings Meat Loaf?

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