Sausage Party: A Review
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have now collaborated on Superbad, Pineapple Express and This is the End. Every single one of these films can be a strong contender for one of the best films of the year they were released in and Sausage Party keeps this tradition going (only The Interview, while still decent, doesn’t hit the high level of the other films they’ve written). At some point if this output and quality continues, critics are going to mark this duo as a new wave of comedy.
Comedy films are underrated to the point where it’s become a stereotype of awards ceremonies that the comedy role won’t win any awards. In Sausage Party (and Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising, the other film the duo wrote this year) there’s been a secondary theme of addressing more serious issues. This can have the potential to derail all the fun of the film, as in Sausage Party, the serious theme being addressed is religion but the writers never allow the film to get away from the overall feel of intense silliness.
Extremely silly humour is central to this film which is full of food puns and stereotypes ( a character that’s a bagel has a Woody Allen accent and is constantly sparring with a lavash). It’s the ridiculousness of it all and the fact that no group gets spared that really allows all the stereotypes to be used without all feeling of meanness. It doesn’t really ever seem like the film is making fun of ethnicities more than they actors think accents are a great source of humour (which they are).
The storyline is decently thought out and at times thought provoking. Touching mainly on the existence of god but also dropping points on blind faith and senseless cultural animosity, it’s not revolutionary themes being explored. And expecting a brilliant solution to be thrown up at the end of an animated film about food would be too much. So while the best comedic orgy scene since Team America might not exactly be the best ending in carrying the storyline to an end, it’s still a great end. Because the storyline, as good as it is, is definitely playing in the background in terms of importance to the quality of the film. It’s all about the gags.
A lot of the film reminds one of teenage humour when swear words were used as punctuation and every single thing had a reference to sex or genitals. It’s probably a film that catches the vulgarity of 14 year old jokes better than any other. The thing with clever comedy films is that actual out-loud laughter is rare. Stupidly vulgar films, however, bring out all the belly laughs and I’m definitely in favour of the latter sometimes.