“Sausage Party” Is Obscenely Funny But Packs an Important Message

“Sausage Party” is clearly not for the faint of heart.

If you’re not comfortable with swearing and a tad of vulgarity, then you may not want to watch this. On second thought, you might want to catch this funny flick because it’s more than obscenity; there’s something beneath the layer of filth.

That’s what makes this Pixar parody so effective. The genius minds behind “Sausage Party” have done an amazing job at making a statement by weaving it with the funny and filthy.

It’s smart and subversive.

And if you watch hard enough, you’ll discover that there’s something else beside the infectious laughs you’ll get from all the F-bombs and obscenities hurled by the human-like food items inside Shopwell during its closed hours.

Plot

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For the grocery items at Shopwell, life’s culmination is being taken by the gods (humans) and taken outside to the “Great Beyond” (that means being purchased at the counter and taken home) so they can finally live in glory with their gods.

That’s why Frank (Seth Rogen), a hot dog, is excited for Red, White and Blue Day (4th of July) because that’s when he can finally get inside his girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig), a hot dog bun and spend eternity at the Great Beyond.

But he’s in for some rude awakening when a honey mustard jar (Danny McBride) was returned to the store, traumatized. He shared with his fellow food items his shocking discovery of the outside world: that the Great Beyond was actually death.

Unable to convince everyone that the gods they hold in reverence were actually monsters who devour their fellow grocery items, he decided to jump to his death while on a shopping cart en route to the counter. Frank and Brenda, who were chosen to finally go to the Great Beyond, tried to save him but ended up falling to the ground as well.

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A shopping cart collision ended badly as many food items met their untimely death. Jars and bottles were broken, edibles squashed and deformed, boxes of powder and other ingredients forced open. It was utter chaos. Death was everywhere.

Frank and Brenda survive. But the shroud has been lifted from Frank’s eyes. His faith was shaken and he’s out to seek the truth. Although his girlfriend doesn’t share the same feelings, they stick together as they wander across the enormous supermarket to find their way home and stay safe from the clutches of their vengeful nemesis, a literal douche (Nick Kroll).

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Meanwhile, Frank’s distorted friend, Barry (Michael Cera), has seen the horrendous fate in store for them and fought to stay alive. He enlists the help of a Stephen Hawking version of gum and other food items to return to Shopwell and enlighten the others.

Back in the store, Frank uncovers the truth but finds it extremely difficult to make the others believe. Attempts to proselytize proved futile and he ends up getting a bad rep.

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“Sausage Party” is hilarious especially because of its vulgarity.

Lots of fucks were literally given. That, and a lot more obscenities. The writers didn’t stop there. They were also brave enough to poke fun at historical and pop culture. In one scene, a sauerkraut that looked like Hitler said “exterminate the juice!”

They also referenced the conflict in the Middle East. A lavash (David Krumholtz) and bagel (Edward Norton) were in constant bickering over the Ethnic Foods aisle.

While some didn’t like the movie, it was, at the very least, very witty.

I personally liked how it made several statements by concealing them with laughter and vulgarity without really making any judgment. The main theme addressed the issue of religion. The movie presented circumstances where someone is given the chance to challenge these beliefs and actually find ways to find the truth or dispel myths.

Frank’s search for the truth is very representative of hardcore believers who get the rug pulled from beneath them. It also show it may not always be proper to force your own perception of the truth to others and how people are most likely to repel it.

At most, I think the movie showed that regardless of what you believe is true or not, convincing others to see the same is not going to end well.

They need to see and believe it in their own terms–not yours.

Soon, with the help of Barry and his new-found friends, Frank finds the more appropriate way to get his message across, which lead to the film’s climax (a literal one).

“Sausage Party” was a real fun watch for me. Even if it was just about these foul-mouthed grocery items and didn’t have anything important to say,  I think I still would’ve enjoyed it.

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Directors: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan

Writers: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg

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

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